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Erethizon dorsatum


Contrary to popular belief, the Porcupine does not shoot its quills. When threatened by a weasellike animal , it turns its back to the enemy, raises its approximately 30,000 quills, and strikes out with its tail. The Porcupine is a large (18-23 inches) nocturnal rodent. If seen during the day, it appears as a round, dark shape high in a tree. At night it clambers from tree to tree. This was a very big one. It looks like a female.


Forest (commonly in trees) occasionally in brushy areas.

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Vermont, USA

Spotted on May 30, 2014
Submitted on May 30, 2014

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