Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Coendou prehensilis

Habitat: Prehensile-tailed porcupines live in the South American forests of Venezuela, Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Trinidad, and northern Argentina. 

Diet: Prehensile-tailed porcupines are herbivores and eat a diet of leaves, flowers, shoots, and roots. 

Size: 1 to 2 feet long

Weight: 4 to 11 pounds

Lifespan: 12 to 17 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

Nounours (Female) – Born October 8, 2020

Did You Know?!

  • When threatened, Prehensile-Tailed Porcupines will attack by either biting its adversary or shaking its quills at it. 
  • When excited, prehensile-tailed porcupines tend to stamp their feet. 
  • Prehensile-tailed porcupines are capable of curling up to protect their soft underbellies. 
  • Prehensile-tailed porcupines are very vocal and can make a variety of sounds: moans, whines, grunts, coughs, shrieks, barks, and wails!
  • When courting each other, prehensile-tailed porcupines will often rub noses and “dance” with each other. 
  • A male porcupine is called a “boar” and a female is called a “sow.”
  • Prehensile-tailed porcupines are adept climbers and have the ability to climb immediately after birth if needed. The prehensile-tail that they have allows them to grip tightly to tree branches and climb even more effectively. 

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