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Sep 2, 2011 7:41 PM

Desert Critters: the desert porcupine

TUCSON - In today's "Desert Critters," George Carpenter, from the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, shared some facts and video of a spiny fellow - a desert porcupine.

George says that the North American Porcupine, a rodent, has up to 30,000 quills in its body - but it can't shoot them.

Some other facts:

--They like trees, and they like to eat plants

-- They mate in late summer/early fall. Males fight, dance and spray urine.

--Babies stay with mom for 6 months.

--Porcupines are very vocal

For more information on this unique animal, and to see it in action, check out the video above.


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