Erethizontidae - New World porcupines
Porcupines have long spiny barbed hairs or quills. They do not shoot their quills, if an attacking animals gets too close to a porcupine, the quills can embed themselves into the attacking animal.
Porcupines are nocturnal and live alone or in pairs. They have good hearing, but poor eyesight.
While some spcies in this family eat insects, amphibians, and reptiles, most species are herbivores and eat seeds, fruit, nuts, leaves, and other plant parts. Porcupines are found in a variety of habitats including coniferous and deciduous forests, mountains, grasslands, and deserts. Some species live in trees and others live in burrows or dens in the ground.
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North American Porcupine - Erethizon dorsatum