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Porcupines
  
Prehensile-tailed porcupineby Carly & Art on Flickr


Porcupines are mammals, and like rabbits, they are rodents.
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Porcupinesby WxMom on Flickr

Porcupines can weigh up to 60 pounds.
They are nocturnal which means they hunt at night and sleep during the day.
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Porcupette being hand-fedby Carly & Art on Flickr


Porcupines are clumsy runners so they wouldn't be able to outrun a predator.
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spikyby rubber bullets on Flickr


To make up for lack of speed, porcupines have sharp quills to protect themselves.
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Texture No. 16by largestartist on Flickr


The quills are about 16 inches long with very sharp points.
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Porcupine says helloby blmurch on Flickr

The porcupine can rattle its quills to warn off enemies.
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Tiger Lily 8 monthsby 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.
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Porcupine floatiesby kimba on Flickr

Porcupines have their place in the animal kingdom!
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