The North American porcupine are covered in 30,000 quills that they use as protection from predators and other threats. The North American porcupine lives in coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests.
- The stomach of North American porcupines are not covered in quills.
- Porcupines cannot shoot their quills.
- They are excellent climbers and spend most of their time up in trees.
|Conservation status||Least Concerned|
|Zoo name(s)||Quill Smith|
|Zoo location||Education Building
* Quill Smith was placed at the Amarillo Zoo and was rehabilitated by Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation due to being shot by a hunter which caused his leg to be amputated due to the severe damage. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to hear more about Quill Smith's story please talk to a Zoo staff member when you visit us!