Prehensile-tailed Porcupine Coendou prehensilis

Brazilian Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Brazilian Porcupine
The Prehensile-tailed Porcupines are native to Central and South America. They are large, tree-climbing rodents. The ground-dwelling African/Eurasian porcupines and even the tree porcupines of North America are totally different genera.
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
The species shown is called the Brazilian (Prehensile-tailed) Porcupine and is native not only to Brazil but also to much of northern South America, including northern Argentina.
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
They are shy, mainly solitary, not aggressive, mainly nocturnal and vegetarian. They grow to about a metre long, half of which is tail.
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
The body is covered in light-tipped spines but the long prehensile tail is without spines and enables the animal to secure itself to branches in its tree-dwelling habitat. The nose and mouth are a large fleshy pink ball. Young are born with long ginger hair which develops into spines.