Crested Porcupine is a very large, black-bodied, nocturnal rodent with long, black and white spines and a prominent crest of elongated, spiny hairs from forehead to shoulders. It can be distinguished from others by its black rump and short, rattle-like quills in the tail. The forefeet have strong, digging claws and burrows are often the most obvious signs of its presence.
They are mostly seen in non-desert habitat in savannas, woodlands, steppes and uplands. The Crested Porcupine is sometimes found along forests margins. It prefers hilly or rocky country.
Crested Porcupine feeds on root, bulbs, bark and fallen fruits. Bones and dried animal remains are frequently gnawed, maize and cucumbers.
Family groups share a bullow or cave but foraging is a solitary activity during which an animal commonly travels up to 15km a night. Up to 4 young are born within the burrow. possibly twice a year. The babies are active and mobile at a month, suckled for 6-7 weeks and travel with the mother for about 1 year.
The hollow rattle-quills in the tail warn off potential preditors but their primary role is probably in communacation with other porcupines.
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