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Prehensile-tailed Porcupine - Colargita, Juanita & Rauol
Coendou prehensilis
Range: South America
Habitat: Forests
Diet: Leaves, fruit, blossoms, roots, and bark. At the zoo they eat fruits, vegetables, rodent chow, nuts, canned primate diet and leaf eater biscuits.
Fun Facts:
  • This South American porcupine is arboreal.
  • They are nocturnal and solitary, but can be found in small social groups while sleeping.
  • Their prehensile tail lacks spines, and is calloused to hang onto branches.
  • When excited, they stomp their hind feet and when feeling threatened they curl into a ball.
  • They will typically only have one baby at a time.

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