The North African crested porcupine is the largest porcupine on earth. This rodent is 25 - 29 inches long and weighs about 18 - 51 pounds. They 're black and white quills can range up to 20 inches in length. They make a rattling sound when the porcupine feels threatened. The underside of the porcupine is covered with rough, dark brown or black bristles. It is called a crested porcupine because the back quills can be erected into a crest. The crest starts from the top of the head and extends down to the shoulders. The quills are mixed together with different sizes of spines. The spines may be as long as 21 inches. Porcupines cannot shoot their quills at predators. They are nocturnal, mate during the night close to the burrow or even inside it. Crested porcupines produce one to two litters (of one to 3 young) per year.
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