North American Porcupine

The second largest rodent in North America (beavers are the largest), porcupines are herbivores, dining on leaves, grasses, twigs, buds, and the bark of the trees these nocturnal animals hide in during the day to sleep.


  • Scientific Name: Erethizon dorsatum
  • Range: Canada, United States and northern Mexico
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
  • Cool Animal Fact: An adult porcupine has an average of 30,000 quills.