African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata

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African crested porcupines are covered in quills from their neck down their back; the underside of the porcupine has rough bristles. As the name suggests, African crested porcupines can erect their quills into a crest. When approached by a predator, a porcupine may shake its quills in order to make a rattling sound. It may also begin to stomp its feet, growl, or grunt. Due to the sharpness of the quills and ease of falling out, an African crested porcupine will charge backwards into a predator, with the possibility of the predator being left with a quill embedded in its skin and, subsequently, a deep wound. 


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