PORCUPINE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

porcupine

NAME: PORCUPINE

DESCRIPTION: It can be told apart from the Indian Porcupine by its shorter dorsal crest small tail instead of a visible tail with white quills; thinner body quills, and smaller size. Its dorsal quills have one dark band while the Indian Porcupine’s have more than two. H.b. subcristata is a larger subspecies with more developed caudal rattling quills.

BEHAVIOUR: Does not rattle tail quills as much as the H. indica.

DISTRIBUTION: H.b. hodgsonii: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam. Meghalaya, Sikkim, West Bengal; H.b. subcristata: Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.

HABITAT: It inhabits forests and forest fringes having rocky outcrops.

Size: 45–75 cm, 

Wt: 8 kg

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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