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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Porcupines ~ Our most quickly identified mammal.


While taking a ride on the local mountain roads and scouting for photography opportunities, we saw evidence of Erethizon. The porcupine's scientific name is most fitting, "meaning to excite or to irritate." The porky has an over-whelming passion for salt and we saw evidence of his gnawing on posts, signs and bottom edges of wooden buildings. Nothing is beyond his reach, it seems, and anything bearing any trace of salt or human sweat is eagerly gnawed to destruction as it systematically seeks its favorite flavor. Many think that the craving for salt is satisfied by gnawing on the shed antlers which may occur in their range, but where man has encroached on their territory, he enjoys the man-made offerings as well.

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  1. Hi all,

    Porcupines are large quilled animals. Most porcupines can have as many as 30,000 quills. They like to eat the tender layers of the tree under the bark. Every now and then they will take so much bark off that they kill the tree. Thanks a lot!

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    1. You are so right! They are unique creatures to spot, although not fun if the dog gets too close!
      Take care!

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