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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.Research from the University of East Anglia, published in Biological Conservation, has shown that the consumption of the Southeast Asian porcupine (Hystrix brachyura) as a speciality food is having a devastating effect on wild populations.Overhunting has been cited as the porcupine's greatest threat, and the 1990s saw a reported...

2009-01-02 14:57:21

A sudden influx of porcupines to Mountain Village, Colo., has caused more than $100,000 in damage to area landscaping, area residents say. Mountain Village homeowner Vicki Irwin said while porcupines have been routine visitors to the home rule municipality, recent arrivals have taken to gnawing bark off scores of area spruce trees, The Denver Post said Friday. I've seen porcupines around her for years, but they've never been so aggressive, she said. It's all just a mystery. Mountain Village...

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2005-05-17 17:34:11

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the new baby is a porcupine, figuring out if it's a male or female can create a prickly situation. For the experts at the National Zoo, that's precisely the point. Scientists at the zoo said Tuesday they have been able to determine their new arrival's gender from the DNA in its quills, and that could be a first. Because a porcupine's sexual organs are internal, it can take up to six weeks before the gender is known. But the new test did the trick in about a week, zoo...


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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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2006-12-14 13:22:29

The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), also known as Canadian Porcupine or Common Porcupine, is a large rodent in the New World porcupine family. The Beaver is the only other rodent larger than the North American Porcupine found in North America. This animal is usually found in coniferous and mixed forested areas. They are in Canada, Alaska and much of the northern and western United States. They are also found in thicketed areas in shrub lands, tundra and deserts. They are...

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2006-12-13 16:25:48

The Brazilian Porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is a porcupine found in tropical forests in Mexico and throughout much of South America. The body is covered with short, thick spines that are whitish or yellowish in color. They are mixed with the darker hair, while the underside is grayish. The lips and nose are fleshy. The tail tip curls upward so as to get a better grip on tree branches. This porcupine can grow to forty inches long, but half of that is tail. It weighs about nine pounds. No...

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2006-12-13 16:14:07

The Indian Porcupine or Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica) is a member of the Old World porcupines. It is quite an adaptable rodent, found throughout southern Asia and the Middle East. It is tolerant of several different habitats. It lives in the mountains, tropical and subtropical grasslands, scrublands, and forests. This is a large rodent, growing more that three feet long and weighs 32 pounds. It is covered in multiple layers of quills. The longest quills grow from its shoulders to...

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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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