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North-American Porcupine - Erethizon dorsatum

North-American Porcupine - Erethizon dorsatum

The second largest rodent after the beaver. Dark-brown in color with white highlights. Slow moving and defends with exposing quills after warning with a strong odor. Lives in coniferous and mixed forested areas, feeding mostly twigs, roots and berries in summer and needles and bark in winter.

Common Names

How to Identify

Color and shape. They don't flee if detected. Don't get too close unless you want to expose yourself to the odor and quills.

Where & When to Spot

My only observation of this species happened in a forested area near Tadoussac in May.

North-American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

North-American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

tadoussac - May 20, 2018

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP 90mm F2.8 Di Macro VC USD F017N; Focal Length 90mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 5000;
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