Type:   Mammal

Diet:   Herbivore

Average life span in the wild:   5 to 7 years

Size:   Head and body, 25 to 36 in (60 to 90 cm); Tail, 8 to 10 in (20-25 cm)

Weight:   12 to 35 lbs (5 to 16 kg)

Group name:   Family

Did you Know?

Female porcupines have between one and four young, depending on the species.

Babies have soft quills (Spikes) at birth, which harden within a few days.

Most young porcupines are ready to live on their own at about two months of age.

Courtesy of National Geographic

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