Porcupines, Swimming, Bathing, and Water (Explained)

Porcupines are unique animals with varieties found around the world. The Native American porcupine is easily recognized by its hollow sharp quills that adorn its body. Porcupines are one of the largest animals in the rodent family found in North America. Many people know that porcupines are gifted at climbing trees. They are well-adapted to … Read more

How Do North American Porcupines Fight and Protect Themselves and Their Young?

Porcupines are the second-largest rodent in North America. One of their most striking features is all of the quills covering their bodies. Upon looking at their bodies, you may find yourself wondering “how do North American porcupines fight and protect themselves and their young?“ If this is a question that’s been burning on your mind, … Read more

Dangers to Porcupines (Predators and Other Threats)

Few animals are as instantly recognizable as the North American porcupine. With their massive quills, these rodents boast one of nature’s most impressive defenses. Although, you might be surprised to learn it can’t protect them from everything. The North American porcupine faces several dangers ranging from urban sprawl to predators. As a result, some conservationists … Read more

How Do North American Porcupines Move Around? (Running, Climbing, Etc?)

Porcupines are great at climbing trees but typically only do so when necessary. These semi-terrestrial animals prefer remaining grounded and building dens in rocky caves or self-made burrows. Porcupines love to sleep in caves and underneath rocky cliffs. However, sleeping in trees is often safer for the small mammal.  The porcupine might not prefer climbing … Read more

Where Do Porcupines Live? (All US States And Around The World)

The porcupine’s range includes nearly every continent. Porcupines are classified by location. These classifications are called Old World and New World porcupines. Several differences exist between the two regional porcupine types, including sleeping preferences, den-making rituals, and more. Mainly, these differences are a result of the environment. This article discusses where porcupines live. It also … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Porcupine Sounds And Vocalizations and What They Mean (They Can Talk!)

Porcupines make many noises. The most common noises that porcupines make are squeaking and squealing noises, which are used to communicate with other porcupines. Many people believe that porcupines sound like humans as they make noises and that they even have the capability of learning the human language. The pitch and tone of the porcupine … Read more