The African Crested Porcupine is the largest porcupine in the world. The black and white quills along the head and back of this spiny mammal can be raised into a crest. These sturdy, sharp quills, which are about 14 inches long and marked with alternating light and dark bands, provide highly effective protection against predators. Porcupines can not shoot quills but will attack predator by running backward and stabbing their enemy. They can also rattle their quills making a warning sound.
African Crested Porcupine is an herbivore that eats bark, bones of dead animals, roots, tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, fallen fruits, and cultivated crops.
Size: 24 – 33 inches length Weight: 22 – 66 lbs Lifespan: 20 years in the wild.