The North African crested porcupine is the largest porcupine on earth. This rodent is 25 – 29 inches long (63-73 cm) and weighs about 18 – 51 pounds (8-23 kg). There are black and white quills on the neck and back. The tips of the quills on the tail are narrow and hollow. These circular quills can range up to 20 inches in length.
- They are nocturnal and active during the night and are fairly social; sometimes traveling in two’s or three’s.
- When threatened or aggressive, crested porcupines stamp their feet, growl and grunt.