Porcupine Look-alikes: Animals Similar to North American Porcupines 

How many spiky, furry, brownish, four-legged creatures can you think of?  Well, it turns out there are a lot of different animals fitting this description scattered all over the world! You can easily confuse the general appearance of a North American porcupine with a lot of different large and smaller rodents. In fact, many other …

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What Do North American Porcupines Eat? (Needs, Preferences, & More)

Amongst the 12 porcupine species, the North American porcupine is the most common in the New World porcupine family. This had led people to wonder about what they eat. North American porcupines eat vegetation, such as vegetables, roots, bark, grass, fruits, and more. While some have been spotted gnawing on animal bones, they are mostly …

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North American Porcupine Mating, Babies, and Reproduction (Your Questions Answered)

Porcupines mate once a year, each summer through fall. After a roughly 200 day gestation period, porcupines have one porcupine baby. Female porcupines raise their babies independently, without the help of their male partners.  This article discusses porcupine mating practices, reproduction, and raising porcupine babies. How Do Porcupines Mate? Porcupines are monogamous animals that find …

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North American Porcupines and Their Digging Behavior (dens, Digging for Food, Gaining Access, Etc)

Porcupines are excellent diggers who rely on their sharp claws for making underground dens and scavenging food.  According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, these mammals are herbivores and are experts at digging to find food underground. In most cases, the porcupine will establish a burrow and travel as little distance as possible …

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