[Hystrix cristata]
  Habitat: Forest, savanna, shrubland, grassland and rocky areas
  Length:
25-29"
  Weight: 20+ lbs (up to 60)
  Average Lifespan: 15 years
  Gestation Period:
107-112 days
  Number of Young:
1-4
  Conservation Status: Least Concern

  

 

  - Largest porcupine on earth
  - Will stamp its feet, whirr the quills, and charge the disturber back end first trying to stab the enemy with the thicker, shorter quills
  - In defense, known to have killed lions, leopards, hyenas, even humans
  - Very seldom climb trees, but can swim.
  - Nocturnal and monogamous

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