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North American Porcupine at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsata

Family

Erethizontidae, new world porcupine family

Conservation Status

Least concern, IUCN

Distribution

United States, Canada and northern Mexico

Habitat

Broad variety from open tundra, deciduous forests, and desert chaparral

Factoid

The North American porcupine is a good swimmer, its hollow quills help keep it afloat.

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