Information about North American Porcupine

Porcupines are usually dark brown or black in color, with white highlights. They have a stocky body, a small face, short legs, and a short, thick tail. This species is the largest of the New World porcupines and is one of the largest North American rodents, second only to the American beaver in size. The head-and-body length is 60 to 90 cm (2. 0 to 3. 0 ft), not counting a tail of 14. 5 to 30 cm (5. 7 to 11. 8 in). The hind foot length is 7. 5 to 9. 1 cm (3. 0 to 3. 6 in). Weight can range from 3. 5 to 18 kg (7. 7 to 39. 7 lb). Weight in adult females can average some 7 kg (15 lb) while 5 wild-caught males averaged 10. 67 kg (23. 5 lb).