Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

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Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine

This is Chiquita, the Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine. You can find her in the Texas State Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit.

Did you know?
Contrary to popular belief, the Porcupine cannot shoot it’s quills. The quills are barbed, but they would have to be shoved into a predator in order to penetrate.

When a wild porcupine is provoked, it may bite and hit. But first it will warn by shaking its spines, growling, and stomping its feet.