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24 Hours: African Brush-Tailed Porcupine (Atherurus africanus)

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 by in Mammalthons, Rodents | 5 comments

Atherurus africanus

Number 0087

The African brush-tailed porcupine lives in Kenya, Gambia, and Zaire. It hangs out in caves during the day and is nocturnal to the point of not coming out if there’s a bright full moon. They attack their enemies by backing into them, releasing their spines from their backs. Yansci requested a porcupine, and Ted got to pick the species.


  1. Jenn
    Those tent bats are so wonderful
    All of ’em are but I rally like bats! Hang in there – you’re doing a wonderful job. Hope Teddy B is feeding you

  2. Hello dear LEO!!! You are doing a great job! Nice mammals! Are you still taking requests or do you have your mammals all planned? Raecheleia would like you to choose a special one just for her if possible….. Love you LEO!!!

  3. L—Thank you very much for the encouragement and compliment! Did Jay see his wolf?

    LEO—Well, I ended up getting 35 requests for the 24 hours, so I’m already in trouble! I won’t get them all done today as it is, but I will do a special mammal for Rae in a week or two!

  4. Wow, Wenni! I love this porcupine. It’s gorgeous. V. nice work with the quills and the shadowing.

  5. Aw, thanks, Sarah Bee! I’m very glad you like it! There are several porcupine species so prepare for more quills over the next 14 years!

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