Fun Porcupine Facts


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1. Porcupines fart in water.
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2. Young porcupines are capable of eating vegetation within a week after birth.
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3. Female porcupines have been witnessed using wooden sticks as dildos.
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4. A single porcupine can have more than 30,000 needle-like quills on its body.
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5. Porcupines rely heavily on smell as they are short-sighted.
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6. The name porcupine means '˜one who rises up in anger.'
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7. Contrary to popular myth, porcupines cannot shoot their quills.
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8. Porcupines Latin name means 'quill pig'.
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9. All porcupines float in water.
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10. A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
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11. Porcupines, hedgehogs, and echidnas look similar, but none of them are related to each other.

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12. A baby porcupine is called a porcupette.
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13. Porcupines weigh from 4.5 to 13 kg (10 to 28 pounds).
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14. Baby porcupines are called 'porcupettes'.
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15. The porcupines hollow rattle quills serve as musical instruments and were once used as containers for gold dust.
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16. Porcupines are nocturnal, meaning they are active primarily at night.
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17. The common porcupine is an herbivore.
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18. Porcupine quills are hairs made out of keratin, the same substance found in our own hair and fingernails.
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19. Porcupines are very good swimmers and will graze on plants in shallow water.
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20. Porcupine quills are considered a good-luck charm in Africa.
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21. When a porcupine is born, its quills are soft and mostly white, but harden within hours.
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22. Porcupines float in water.

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