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|Prehensile-tailed porcupine||by Carly & Art on Flickr|
Porcupines are mammals, and like rabbits, they are rodents.
Porcupines can weigh up to 60 pounds.
They are nocturnal which means they hunt at night and sleep during the day.
|Porcupette being hand-fed||by Carly & Art on Flickr|
Porcupines are clumsy runners so they wouldn't be able to outrun a predator.
|spiky||by rubber bullets on Flickr|
To make up for lack of speed, porcupines have sharp quills to protect themselves.
|Texture No. 16||by largestartist on Flickr|
The quills are about 16 inches long with very sharp points.
|Porcupine says hello||by blmurch on Flickr|
The porcupine can rattle its quills to warn off enemies.
|Tiger Lily 8 months||by daisyelaine on Flickr|
It's very painful for an animal when a porcupine throws its quills. They are deeply embedded in the animal's skin.Usually a veteranarian has to remove the quills.
|Porcupine floaties||by kimba on Flickr|
Porcupines have their place in the animal kingdom!