The name porcupine comes from Middle French porc espin (spined pig). A regional American name for the animal is quill pig. They are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills that defend them from predators. They are indigenous to the Americas, Southern Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents, behind the capybara and the beaver. Most porcupines are about 25–36 in long, with an 8–10 in long tail. Weighing 12–35 lb ,they are rounded, large and slow. Porcupines come in various shades of brown, gray, and the unusual white.
The common porcupine is an herbivore. It eats leaves, herbs, twigs and green plants like clover and in the winter it may eat bark. But this porcupine makes funny noises when given a sweet potato. Aww, its adorable!!
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