Ringo and Daisy
Body Length: 21 inches. Tail Length: 18 inches
2 to 11 Lbs
17 yrs (captivity), 10-12 yrs (wild)
Primarily herbivorous: Leaves, flowers, shoots, roots, and the cambium layer of some trees
South America: Venezuela, Paraguay, Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Trinidad, and some extreme northern areas of Argentina
Rainforest areas between 150-2500 meters in elevation. They spend most of their time up in trees and on occassion may enter cultivated areas.
The body is covered with white to yellow colored short,thick spines and darker hairs interspersed. The last one-third of the prehensile tail does not have spines and the tip of the tail curls upward to allow a better grip on the branches of trees. All four padded feet have four toes with long claws to be able to hold on to branches firmly and allow these porcupines to be great climbers. They have a keen sense of smell, touch, and hearing but are very near-sighted.
Nocturnal and arboreal, they may sleep in small groups in trees but usually live in pairs or are solitary. Prehensile-tailed Porcupines are generally shy, slow-moving animals but when threatened they may actively stomp their feet, shake their spines and make grunting noises.They may also roll into a ball exposing their spines.
Gestation lasts from approximately 195 to 210 days (7 Months), after which one large precocial young is born. Newborn prehensile-tailed porcupines have long reddish-orange hair and soft spines that will later harden to become stiff quills as they age. Young are weaned at 10 weeks. Sexual maturity is reached at about 19 months of age.
Some use as food but habitat destruction is main threat.
ANIMAL FUN FACT!
These porcupines may have up to 30,000 quills and use their prehensile tails for grasping and hanging.