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Hystrix africaeaustralis

Group Name
Distribution & Habitat
Although the crested porcupine is for the most part herbivorous, eating roots, bulbs, and leaves they occasionally consume insects and carrion. To ingest calcium and sharpen their teeth they often gnaw on bones
A Prickle
North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa
Savannah, Grassland and Shrubland
Fun Fact
A baby porcupine is called a porcupette.

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