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2010-08-25 20:08:16

Wild porcupine might be a tasty treat in countries around the world, but populations of the spiky rodent are coming under threat in Vietnam due to illegal hunting.


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Cape Porcupine, Hystrix africaeaustralis
2012-05-16 12:45:20

The cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) is sometimes called the South African porcupine, and can be found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, however, it is not found in the southwestern desert regions. It is an Old World porcupine. The cape porcupine prefers to make its home in hills or rocky outcrops in dens or caves that it burrows. The female members of this species are the largest rodents in southern Africa, weighing in at an average between forty to sixty-six pounds and they can...

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2006-12-13 16:08:36

The Crested Porcupine, also known as the European Porcupine, African Porcupine, or North African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata). It is a member of the Old World porcupine family. It is a nocturnal rodent that lives on the ground. It is found from Sicily, Italy, the northern coast of Africa south to Tanzania and northern Congo. It is tolerant of a range of habitats including mountains, deserts, and forests. The Crested Porcupine grows 23.62 to 32.68 inches (60 to 83 cm) long with a...

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bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.