Five Fascinating facts about Cape Porcupines

Cape Porcupine facts – The Cape porcupine is believed to grow up to about one meter long and it weighs 20 kilograms. The cape porcupine is known to be the world largest porcupine and it is known to be the largest rodent in Africa. Its proportions are not as attractive as its animal itself. Here are some of the interesting facts about the cape porcupine.

With cape porcupine inclusive all porcupines have lined quills which is significant for their hairs. They are found on the back bodies ad these are about 40cm in length, they have shorter open ended tail quills which act as a warning.

Porcupines do feast on gnaw bones which supplement on their food minerals and helps to sharpen their powerful incisor teeth.

According to the known myth, the porcupine quill is not used to scare its enemies but it is used to fix it firm in the skin so that they can easily ban on contact. When a cape porcupine is threatened, it produces its quills and later it will back towards its enemy which is its power if it grows aggressive. At the end of the fight, its predators can end up with wounds due to its quills which are well fixed.

Porcupines create one pair which is used during the period throughout the year. The male porcupine is so active in taking care of the younger ones which are normally 2-4 young ones. Each of these pairs may occupy up about 6 holes and they will jointly depend and take care of their territories.

Porcupines eat roots, barks and bulbs, they therefore play a big role on impacting on the ecology, and they can turn a woodland area into savannah region due to their delay activities.

Cape porcupines are indigenous animals in South Africa and live close to vegetation which is about 2000 meters above sea level and like Ricky hill areas. You can observe them from distance and you might want to get closer to it. Contact Adventure in the wild safaris and get a chance to explore the exotic facts about the African wildlife.