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Species Profile: Porcupine

Species Profile: Porcupine

By Sawyer Hill (Westminster College)


The Perpetually Plodding Porcupine


This large rodent of the Erethizontidae Family,

plods through forest, shrublands, and tundra

so purposefully.


The “quill pig” also known as Erethizon dorsatum

is covered in thousands of quills and then some.


The quills of these slow moving, near-sighted

herbivores can be quite lethal to

marauding carnivores.


Many a porcupine will spend time in a tree,

and occasionally slide down a field of scree.


These reserved rodents

rove ever onward.


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