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Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeaustralis


This is the largest rodent found in the region, and occurs throughout Zambia and all over southern Africa. It easily identified by its black-and-white striped quills, generally black hair, and shambling gait. If heard in the dark, then the slight rattle of its quills augments the rustle of its foraging. These quills drop off fairly regularly, and are often found in the bush.


They are highly adaptable and can survive just about anywhere that vegetation is available. The porcupine's diet is varied, and they are fairly opportunistic when it comes to food. Roots and tubers are favourites, as is the bark of certain trees; they will also eat meat and small reptiles or birds if they have the chance.


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Stephen Wain
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Stephen Wain

Muchinga Province, Zambia

Spotted on Jul 12, 2019
Submitted on Jul 12, 2019

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