Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica)
- Porcupine hair is highly modified to form layers of spines known as quills.
- When threatened the Indian crested porcupine raises its quills and will rattle the hollow spines on its tail.
- Considered agricultural pests by locals, Indian crested porcupines are trapped and used for food.
- Porcupine quills form a great defence mechanism - when threatened the porcupine will utilise its sharp spines by attacking backwards.
The Indian crested porcupine is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (April, 2011)