African Crested Porcupine

African Crested Porcupine

AFRICAN CRESTED PORCUPINE

Hystrix cristata

The African Crested Porcupine is the largest rodent in Africa and the largest porcupine in the world.  They are native to Italy, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in scrubland, dry rocky areas, forests and abandoned  farm land.

Very social by nature, the African Crested Porcupine pair bond for life and live in small family groups.  However, they often forage for food on their own.

These very striking creatures are distinguished by their large quills that cover their back.  These quills vary in length and can be up to 30cm long, are banded black or brown and white are used for defence.  The rest of their body is covered in dark brown bristles and they are a stocky build with thick, short legs.

African Crested Porcupines are omnivores and eat roots, bark, cultivated crops, insects and small invertebrates.

Lifespan – Up to 20 years

IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern

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