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Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine (Brazilian Porcupine)

Coendou prehensilis

About the Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine (Brazilian Porcupine)

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Class: Mammalia  
Order: Rodentia  
Family: Erethizontidae
Genus: Coendou  
Species: prehensilis

This 3-4 foot long nocturnal, quilled rodent gets its name from its muscular prehensile tail that allows it to grip branches in the dense canopy of the rainforest. Each night, the porcupine forages for food in a different tree, using whiskers to feel around in the darkness.

Prehensileporcupine Gallery