Porcupine Predators - Sense Africa

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Porcupine Predators30th January '20

Porcupines

PorcupinePorcupine quills present an impenetrable thicket to most predators. But these backward-pointing defences are only effective if the rodent can keep its assailant to its rear. In North America, pumas and fishers (marten-like mammals) are skilled porcupine predators, outmanoeuvring their quarry to launch their attacks from the front and biting its unprotected face, or flipping the animal over to expose its soft vulnerable underbelly.

Strangely, many snakes cannot resist a porcupine, even though they can be mortally wounded by the quills at the point of swallowing. Lions will have a go at a porcupine and there is evidence that porcupine-related injuries can turn lions, particularly young males, into man-eaters, if either the wound or resulting infection prevents them from hunting their usual prey.

Sense Africa provides bespoke self-drive, privately guided, or group guided tours  which provide opportunities to see porcupines. Contact us to discuss the options available.

Jenny Bowen,
Director and Founder of Sense Africa

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