What’s the difference between an African porcupine and a North American porcupine?

440px-Porcupine-BioDomeYup, believe it or not, the North American porcupine (top) can climb trees, but its African cousin (bottom) can’t.  That’s OK though because African porcupines forage for food on the ground.

Although they are both undoubtedly very prickly fellows, they do have a slightly different appearance.  However, it is a myth that they can throw their quills.  Well, maybe there are ninja porcupines that do … but I think that’s just my wishful imagination!

Click on the photos to read more about these fascinating animals.

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