Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. CTC Animal Rides has an extensive amount of experience with multiple species of animals. One such animal is the porcupine. So in the spirit of us discussing all manners of critters, today I figured we could kick some cold hard animal facts about our prickly pal. Let’s get this party started good people.
Did you know that the porcupine is the 3rd largest rodent in the world? We know the capybara is number one and the distinction of number two goes to the beaver. Another fun fact is that porcupines have roughly 30,000 quills covering their bodies?
Here are some other interesting porcupine tidbits. Their backs aren’t all quills; the quills are mixed with hair. The quills will lay flat until the porcupine feels threatened and then they are extended for protection. Once the quills have come out they grow new ones.
Porcupines are herbivores, in the winter they munch on tree bark and evergreen needles. In summer they consume things like, grasses, leaves and dandelions. They have even been known to gnaw on canoe paddles at campsites. Porcupines are nocturnal and are good swimmers.
Porcupines live in dens, which can range from rock crevices to hollow logs to crawl spaces under your house. They seem to prefer grasslands but are equally at home in rocky terrains. The African Crested Porcupine is a native of Mount Kilimanjaro and has been spotted at elevations as high as 11,000 feet, that’s over 2 miles high.
A porcupine’s quills are large and of course dangerous. The slightest touch can dislodge them. The quills also have small barbs on them like the stinger on a bee or like the barb on a fishing hook. This means that if you’re unfortunate enough to have gotten hooked on a porcupine’s quills that you’re going to experience a significant amount of trauma removing them.
When you work with CTC Animal Rides to create an experience for your guests you get so much more than people who just show up and stand around. You get an educated personable experience that takes all of the trepidation out of animal encounters and puts the fun in family time. Give us a call today and let’s see if we can turn your event into an adventure. Cheers and we will talk with you all next week.