Cape Porcupine

Cape Porcupine

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Cape Porcupine or South African Porcupine, Hystrix africaeaustralis, is a species of Old World porcupine. Contrary to its name, this porcupine species inhabits much of Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding the southwestern deserts of the continent. This rodent is nocturnal and inhabits rocky outcrops and hills. They shelter in caves or dens they dig themselves. Female cape porcupines are the biggest rodents in southern Africa, weighing more than 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and growing more than two feet long. The cape porcupine is covered in bristly quills varying in thickness. The longest spines grow as long as the animal's body and quills only eight inches shorter. On its tail, the spines are hollow to make a rattling sound to scare away predators. When attacked, the porcupine freezes.If cornered, it turns vicious and charges to stab its attacker with its quills.show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • CIV
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136567229
  • 9786136567228