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General Info: Porcupines are nocturnal vegetarians, but can be active by day. They eat the inner bark, or cambium, of trees. They will also eat foliage, twigs, bark, leaves, buds, fruits, berries, nuts, flowers, and will sometimes feed in fields. They are our second largest rodent.

They move slowly and don't see well. They climb trees to escape predators, but will use their quills if they have to.

Porcupines do not shoot their quills. The quills are loosely attached. If attacked, a porcupine slaps the attacker with its tail. Many dogs have ended up with a muzzle full of quills by getting too close to a porcupine. The quills have barbs and will work their way in deeper if left alone. A single porcupine may have 30,000 quills. Quills are modified hairs that have hollow shafts with solid tips and bases. The quills can be up to five inches long. Hollow shafts on the quills keep them warm.

Damage Control: We have learned that in many cases trapping the porcupine can be very time consuming unless he frequents the same tree, door or whatever it is chewing on. We use cages and baited with minerals and fruits they love.

There are other methods we use that are sometimes much more effective. If you find yourself with porcupine trouble please contact us and we will provide you with the solution.

 
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