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New World Porcupines: Erethizontidae

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, North American Porcupine (erethizon Dorsatum): Species Accounts, Prehensile-tailed Porcupine (coendou Prehensilis): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, D

NORTH AMERICAN PORCUPINE (Erethizon dorsatum): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
PREHENSILE-TAILED PORCUPINE (Coendou prehensilis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

New World porcupines are found in North, Central, and South America, from Canada and Alaska to Argentina.

These porcupines live primarily in trees throughout rainforests and deciduous and coniferous woods, except for one species that lives in deserts and a few others that are found in plantations and other cultivated areas.

New World porcupines eat fruits, seeds, leaves, and bark.

Some New World porcupines are hunted by people. The quills of some species are used in artwork.

New World porcupines are not threatened.

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