Porcupines are rodents with coats of sharp quills that defend them and camouflage them against predators. A small porcupine can have over 20 000 quills and with some species, these quills end with a hook-like tip which are incredibly hard to remove once they are attached through skin.
When angered, Porcupines will stomp their feet, hiss and shake their quills furiously. They are nocturnal creatures and prefer to search for food at night. They aren’t social and prefer to live alone or in pairs with their offspring.
Porcupines live in tropical areas of Asia, Africa, southern Europe and north and South America. They live in forests, deserts and mountainous areas. They can be found in rocky areas of up to 3, 700m high!
The Porcupines found in north and South America are great tree climbers and spend most of their time in trees. Porcupines are herbivores and eat leaves, plants, flowers, fruit and bark.
Taxidermy (Hunting Porcupine):
Thorough preparation is the key factor to ensuring a high-quality final product. All hides are tanned and oiled using the world’s very best available chemicals and processes to ensure permanence and longevity.
Forms are selected to ensure the best fit and posture will be altered to suit you, the client’s preference without additional cost. Natural habitat bases are custom-made for full mount trophies without additional cost.
Only the finest materials and 30 years of professional experience are used in defining your trophies in a whole new way. The final trophies are almost Life-Formed. When the restoration is required, every effort is made to repair cuts and abrasions, and to minimise bullet damage. Natural scarring is kept unless otherwise requested.
Facts about the Porcupine:
The name porcupine comes from Middle French porc espin
Females give birth to 2 babies on average
The Porcupine’s Latin name means “Quill Pig”
The North American Porcupine is the largest of all the Porcupines