Wildlife Fine Art
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A porcupine looking for fruit on cactus plants. Porcupines eat a variety of shrubs, bark, water plants and they love anything salty. They eat natural bark and stems, they like wood. North American porcupines also eat fruit, leaves, and springtime buds. Roughly 30,000 quills cover the whole body except for the stomach, nose and bottom of their feet. The quills typically lie flat until a porcupine is threatened, then jump to attention as an aggressive deterrent by lifting them more outwards. Quills come out of the porcupine's skin easily, but they quickly become embedded in the enemy, working their way in deeper and deeper. When porcupines are on the ground, they shuffle and waddle along. Porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) are nocturnal, but will sometimes forage for food in the day. When the baby is born, its quills are soft. They harden about an hour after birth. The baby is begins to forage for food after only a couple of days. The baby will stay with its mother for about six months. They use their strong feet and curved claws to climb the tree. They are excellent tree climbers. They do not have canine teeth. This allows an animal to draw in its lips while gnawing. They also have a special arrangement of their jaw muscles which helps them to chew more efficiently.
July 8th, 2014
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