Brazilian Porcupine

Coendou prehensilis

Spending most of its time in the canopy, the Brazilian porcupine is an expert climber. Large curved claws, bare soles and a prehensile tail help the large rodent grip branches as it moves through the trees. The muscular tail is nearly as long as the body and essentially acts as a fifth limb.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Education Progams
lengthLength: 1.7 ft
weightWeight: Up to 11 lbs
lifespanLifespan: 12 to 17 yrs
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Leaves, bark, fruits, shoots and small animals