Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – P is for Porcupine


I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis    J for Jackal   K for Killer Whale   L for Leopard

M for Macaw   N for Nyala   O for Okapi

This time we are going to learn about the porcupine. Of course, I’m sure you have a good idea of what it is…when someone says “porcupine” I’m sure an image of a small animal with sharp things sticking out all over comes to mind. For me too. But … I want to know MORE! So, here we go…


Scientific Name Erethizon dorsatum (which means “quill pig”.)

Interesting facts:

  • There are about two dozen species of porcupine.
  • They are rodents.
  • Some have quills as long as 30 cm (almost a foot!).
  • The quills lie flat unless threatened then they stand “at attention.”
  • The quills cannot be thrown as once thought. They must be touched to attach.
  • They grown new quills to replace the ones that have been detached.
  • The quills have a barbed end that makes them difficult to remove from those who have gotten close enough to take some with them.
  • A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills.

They are one of the largest rodents weighing in around four pounds.

The porcupines in North and South America are good climbers (who knew!?!?!?!) and spend a lot of time in trees. Some even have prehensile (gripping) tails to aid in climbing.

North American porcupines use their large front teeth to satisfy a healthy appetite for wood. They eat natural bark and stems, and have been known to invade campgrounds and chew on canoe paddles. North American porcupines also eat fruit, leaves, and springtime buds.

Female porcupines have between one and four young, depending on the species. Babies have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days. Most young porcupines are ready to live on their own at about two months of age.

I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter Q and learn about the Quetzal (bird).

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!


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2 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – P is for Porcupine

  1. Brenda February 18, 2016 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Porcupines are soo neat.. We will be studying about them in a few weeks as well 🙂


  2. Tim February 21, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Wow! Great choice of animal! I had no idea how much I didn’t know about porcupines! In fact, it seems the only thing I did know must be that they had quills! LOL!


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