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African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata

Africancrested Porcupine Gallery

Photo Credit: Robert Michelson

About the African Crested Porcupine

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Class: Mammalia  
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hystricidae  
Genus: Hystrix  
Species: cristata

The African crested porcupine is named for the crest of white-tipped bristles around its neck. It has long hair and black-and-white quills that can grow to a foot in length. The porcupine does not shoot its quills at predators; rather, it sheds them on impact so that they become imbedded in an attacker.