Crested Porcupine

Introducing the crested porcupine, the largest porcupine species found across Africa, Europe, and Asia! With its distinctive crest of long quills and very strong defensive capabilities, this nocturnal mammal plays a vital role in its diverse habitats.







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The crested porcupine is a large species of porcupine found in Africa, Europe, and Asia. It's named for the crest of long, bristly quills that run down its back.

These quills can be raised into a striking display when the porcupine feels threatened.


Crested porcupines typically live for around 10 to 15 years in the wild.

However, in captivity, where they are protected from predators and provided with proper care, they can live longer, sometimes up to 20 years or more.

Weight & Diet

Crested porcupines can weigh between 11 to 30 kilograms on average, with males typically being larger than females.

They have a varied diet that includes roots, tubers, bark, fruits, and leaves, as well as small vertebrates and insects.

Did You Know?

  • Despite popular belief, porcupines cannot shoot their quills, but the quills easily detach upon contact.
  • Crested porcupines are the largest rodents in Africa and the second largest in the world, after the capybara.
  • Crested porcupines dig burrows for shelter and nesting, using their strong claws and powerful digging abilities.
  • They are highly adaptable animals and can thrive in various habitats, including forests, grasslands, and rocky areas.