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North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum


These large rodents are usually dark brown or black in color, with lighter colored quill tips. They have a chunky body, a small face, short legs and a short thick tail.


Thickets and woodlands, sometimes shrub and scrub areas. Small populations exist in desert and tundra habitats on the edges of their range.

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Mitch L
Mitch L 12 years ago

This one was climbing to get away from the noisy photographers! We were making our way through an old path and I didn't see him until he was 10m up the trunk. I didn't know they were such good climbers either!

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 years ago

I've never seen one in the tree. What's the story on this one?

Mitch L
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Mitch L

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on May 3, 2010
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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