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A “Prickly” New Friend Joins Us at SeaQuest: The Crested Porcupine

July 13, 2020

Pokey, the Crested Porcupine:

With quills nearly a foot long, the Crested Porcupine is the world’s largest and (possibly) the scariest porcupine! Even though they look tough, we know what softies they really are. Come see for yourself and meet Pokey, the crested porcupine at SeaQuest Layton, Utah. 

We are so excited to add Pokey to the SeaQuest family! To book an interactive session with Pokey, use the calendar here.

Some “Sharp” Facts About Crested Porcupines:

  • The Crested Porcupine typically lives for about 20 years.
  • A Crested Porcupine is around 30-60 pounds (13-27 KG) and 2-3 feet (60-83 CM).
  • Crested Porcupines are nocturnal animals, meaning that they spend the day in their dens and forage for food at night.
  • Sharp, black and white quills cover the back of a Crested Porcupine, which becomes a crest for protection against predators.
  • Speaking of predators, the quills of a Crested Porcupine are so sharp that they can injure large predators like hyenas and lions!
  • When a Crested Porcupine is threatened, the quills vibrate and produce a “hiss” sound that wards off predators. 
  • Quills of a newborn Crested Porcupine are soft and will begin to harden just hours after birth!
  • Crested Porcupines are avid swimmers, but are not able to climb or jump well.

Think these Crested Porcupine facts are porcu-FINE? Then come see us at SeaQuest to learn more!


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