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.
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Too Close for Comfort- Like all porcupines, the Brazilian porcupine defends itself with sharp quills that pierce the flesh of an intruder that comes too close.