North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

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North American porcupine in snow
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The North American porcupine has the most northerly range of all porcupines
  • After the beaver the the North Amerincan porcupine is the second largest rodent in North America
  • Even with their formidable spiny defence the North American porcupine is preyed upon successfully by several predators including mountain lions and fishers
  • The plant-based diet of the North American porcupine changes through the year due to fluctuations in toxin levels present in their food
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North American porcupine description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyErethizontidae
GenusErethizon (1)

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North American porcupine status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (September, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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North American porcupine in snow

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