Everything about a porcupine is an adaptation. Everything.
Porcupines are famous for their quills. These sharp needles are spread through porcupines’ coats to ward off enemies. If a predator doesn’t realize he should stay away, he gets stabbed when he gets too close. The quills leave the porcupine easily when touched by something else. After an encounter like this, the quills grow back.
In North and South America, porcupines live in the trees and some even have a prehensile tail, like monkeys. This gives them another limb that helps to grip and balance. Additionally, the North American porcupine has large front teeth that can handle wood, which is a part of its diet.
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