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Brazilian Porcupine Coendou prehensilis

Smell that? Brazilian porcupines secrete a pungent, oily substance that keepers humorously describe as “a mix between onions and body odor.”

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ORIGIN:
Northern South America

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HABITAT:
Forests, grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
4–11 lbs
Length: 1–2 ft

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DIET:
Leaves, bark, flowers and fruit

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PREDATORS:
Feral dogs

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Barbed quills

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REPRODUCTION:
7-month gestation

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THREATS:
Not threatened

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
17 yrs in human care

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