Fun Porcupine Facts

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

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

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