Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeaustralis

When threatened, the Cape porcupine erects its spines and quills to look bigger. Contrary to popular belief, a porcupine cannot shoot its spines and quills. However, the spines and quills can embed in an intruder’s flesh if they come into contact. The porcupine grows new spines and quills to replace those that are lost.

Fact File

lengthLength: 2.5 to 3 ft
weightWeight: 40 to 65 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 12 to 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Savannah, scrubland and forest
dietDiet: Fruit, roots, tubers and bulbs