We all know about porcupine quills, but what about this creature’s other parts? Like humans, there’s a lot more to porcupines than first meets the eye.
Their lovely coat for example… Due to the odd quill embedded with the fur, bristles and hair, it doesn’t necessarily invite petting, but certainly appears quite thick and warm. Porcupines don’t hibernate, so this heavy coat would make our cold winters more tolerable.
Look at those shiny black claws. They’d come in handy for climbing and digging up roots. And see that soft underbelly? This is the tender, vulnerable part of porcupines that predators such as coyotes and fishers try to expose by flipping them over. No wonder they keep it hidden.
A quick whack of a porcupine’s tail will embed quills into an unwary predator. The quills are barbed and a likely death sentence to an animal that gets a mouthful of them and becomes unable to eat. Yikes!
Though its orange teeth may leave something to be desired by the whitestrips crowd, this is a winning smile if ever there was one. Like the beaver, a porcupine’s ever-growing rodent teeth are kept sharp and short by constant chewing on trees.
Who knew there was so much more to porcupines than just their quills? This porcupine was more than generous with its willingness to pose before 6 am, especially while doing chin-ups for its early morning exercise routine. Oops! Since porcupines are nocturnal, better make that a late night exercise routine.