North American Porcupine

PorcupinePhoto by Michael Marish

Scientific Name: Erethizon dorsatum

North American porcupines are the second largest rodent in North America.
  • Size: Weight: 11 to 31 pounds; Length: 24 to 35 inches
  • Diet: Leaves, roots and tubers, wood, stems, seeds, grains, nuts, fruit and flowers
  • Habitat: Temperate, polar or terrestrial environments
  • Range in the Wild: Most of Alaska and Canada, and West and ortheast regions of United States

Conservation Status
No special status.

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