They have a crest of long coarse black and white hairs from the top of the head to the shoulders. Porcupines are animals of the northern woods, where they chomp on softwood trees such as birch, aspen, hemlock and spruce. All porcupines (and the Cape porcupine is no exception) have banded quills which are essentially their hairs. From the head to the base of it’s tail, a cape porcupine measures between 63 and 81cm (25 and 32in) long. The porcupine does not shoot its quills at predators; rather, it sheds them on impact so that they become imbedded in an attacker. Males and females are similar sizes, typically weighing between 18 … Lions have been known to prey on Cape Porcupine. THe porcupine does not shoot its quills out in defence, as it is rumoured to do.

In cultivated areas they eat groundnuts, potatoes, pumpkins, melons and maize. Adults grow to 25-29 inches long and weigh from 20-66 pounds. The body of a porcupine is covered by long - up to 60 centimeters pliable spines. “As the Cape forests mature, you could see other species come in,” Prescott said.

The quills on the neck and back are black and white and the tips of the tail quills can range up to 20 inches long.

It has long hair and black-and-white quills that can grow to a foot in length. The Cape Porcupine is the largest species of porcupine in the world growing up to 90cm long. This porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) is known as the Cape Porcupine, the African Porcupine and South African Porcupine. The legs are short and heavily built with large feet.

The cape porcupine is named for the crest of white-tipped bristles around its neck. They are covered in quills which is where their name porcupine derives … The end of the tail carries a few hollow, open ended quills. Rather, they get stuck in whatever touches the porcupine. The rest was dumped in a Dumpster but the quills are convincing proof. Their tail increases this length by 11-20cm (4.3-7.9in). Cape porcupines are one of the world’s largest porcupine species.

Those on the back may be 40cm long; the shorter, …

All that’s left of the Eastham porcupine is two quills.

The South African Porcupine has small eyes and ears and rather short whiskers.