Find Porcupine stuffed animals, facts and information in the forest at Jeannie's Cottage. The porcupines at top are a Webkinz Porcupine stuffed animal, Spike, a Puffkin made by Swibco, Corkey the porcupine stuffed animal, made by the Boyds Collection (second from left), a porcupine stuffed animal made by the Rhode Island Novelty company in center, little Quincy, a Cushy Critter, and at right is the Cabin Critters Porcupine.
Porcupines are large night dwelling rodents. They eat buds, twigs and bark and some people think they can be a serious pest. When threatened, they turn their back to their enemy, raise their 30,000 quills, and strike out with their tail. The barbed quills become embedded on contact.
The porcupine is a member of the family Hystricidae, all members of which have the same protective covering. Porcupines are about 20 inches long. The porcupine shown here is the crested porcupine of Africa, southern Asia and southeastern Europe. Its quills measure up to 21 inches in length. It weighs between 40 and 60 pounds.