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 prehensile-tailed porcupine

Scientific name: Coendo prehensilis

Habitat: tropical rainforests, deciduous forests

Diet: leaves, flowers, shoots, roots

Life span: 10-12 years

Young: 1 young

Size: 4-6 kg (9-13 lbs)

Prehensile-tailed porcupines are nocturnal animals, using the long whiskers on their face and feet to guide their way through the tree branches.

They are well adapted to living in the treetops. The strong, quill-less tail is used to grasp and anchor the animal to the branch. The large bare soled feet aid in climbing.

Newborn prehensile-tailed porcupines have red hair and soft spines that harden soon after birth into stiff quills.

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Prehensile-tailed porcupine on Wikipedia


Range: Central and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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