Erethizontidae

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Erethizontidae

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Stocky animals distinguished by many sharp spines that cover much of their upper bodies and tails

Size

Adults range from about 15.5-51 in (0.4-1.3 m) and about 6.5-22 lb (3-10 kg)

Number of genera, species

5 genera; 19 species

Habitat

Mainly arboreal throughout forests, although one species extends into deserts

Conservation status

Not threatened

Distribution

North, Central, and South America, from Canada and Alaska to Argentina

Distribution

North, Central, and South America, from Canada and Alaska to Argentina

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