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Porcupine Prints

Young porcupine name: pup

Female porcupine: sow

Male porcupine: boar

A group of porcupines is called: prickle

Porcupine classification: hystricine

Porcupine class: Mammal

Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that defend them from predators. They are endemic in both the Old World and the New World. After the capybara and the beaver, Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents. Most porcupines are about 2536 in (630910 mm) long, with an 810 in (200250 mm) long tail. Weighing between 1235 lb (5.416 kg), they are rounded, large and slow. Porcupines come in various shades of brown, grey, and the unusual white. The name porcupine comes from Middle French porc d'pine thorny pig. Porcupines' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated Erinaceomorph hedgehogs and Monotreme Echidnas.

Porcupines occupy a wide range of habitats in tropical and temperate parts of Asia, Italy, Africa, and North and South America. Porcupines live in forests, deserts, rocky outcrops, hillsides and grasslands. Some new world porcupines live in trees, but old world porcupines stay on the ground. Porcupines can be found on rocky areas up to 3,500 m (11,000 ft) high. Porcupines are nocturnal.

Porcupines in search of salt sometimes encroach on human habitats, eating plywood cured with sodium nitrate, certain paints, and tool handles, footwear, clothes and other items that have been coated in salty sweat. Porcupines are attracted to roads in areas where rock salt is used to melt ice and snow, and are known to gnaw on vehicle tires or wiring coated in road salt. Salt licks placed nearby can prevent porcupines from injuring themselves.

Natural sources of salt consumed by porcupines include varieties of salt-rich plants (such as yellow water lily and aquatic liverwort), fresh animal bones, outer tree bark, mud in salt-rich soils, and objects imbued with urine.

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Porcupine Trivia

What do you call a baby porcupine?
Answer: A baby porcupine is called a pup.

What do you call a female porcupine?
Answer: A female porcupine is called a sow.

What do you call a male porcupine?
Answer: A male porcupine is called a boar.

What do you call a group of porcupines?
Answer: A group of porcupines are called a prickle.

Question: What is the scientific classification of a porcupine?
Answer: A porcupine has the scientific classification of hystricine.

Question: What class is a porcupine in?
Answer: A porcupine is in the mammal class.





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