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so i’m a little prejudiced…

I got excited, and decided to post about an animal that was one of my absolute favorites to interact with while I worked at the zoo.

Mexican Porcupine

Mexican Porcupine sleeping in a tree

Unlike what you’d expect from porcupines, Mexican Porcupines are not completely covered in spines. These are mostly centered around the head area, and are somewhat evident along the body. It is possible to pet the porcupine with a bare hand, provided you go with the fur and stay away from the yellow spines. But the coolest part about them is that they have a prehensile tail, which is very strong, and prehensility is always awesome. There is little fur at the end of the tail, and even fewer spikes.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Erethizontidae
Genus: Sphiggurus
Species: S. mexicanus


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