Meet Our Animals > North American Porcupine
Quick Facts
Native to Mixed-forest habitats of Canada, the northeastern and western regions of the United States and northern Mexico
Primary Diet Berries, seeds, grasses, leaves, roots and stems
Adult Weight 20 pounds
Lifespan 18 years
Status Least Concern

North American Porcupine

The porcupine’s most famous feature—the quill—is hollow, 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 centimeters) in length, and lightly attached to the porcupine’s skin. Porcupines are covered in about 30,000 quills.


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