| Why did the porcupine cross the road? Unfortunately, to get hit by a car. Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupines tend to stay in the trees except to cross clearings or roads, and are often victims of traffic accidents. They are common in all kinds of mid- and high-elevation forests, and are skillful climbers, with four long toes with long claws on each foot and a long, prehensile tail that can coil tightly around a branch. They feed at night, on seeds, fruits, buds, and young leaves, and sleep during the day in hollow trees or on leafy branches. They use the same den day after day. These porcupines are quiet except during the breeding season, when they scream and yowl. A breeding pair sometimes shares a den, but they are otherwise solitary. Females bear a single young.
Head and Body: 320-457 mm; Tail: 200-358 mm
Kerr R., 1792,. The Animal Kingdom or Zoological System, of the Celebrated Sir Charles Linnaeus: Class I. Mammalia:, Strahan and Cadell, London. 1:214.
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