Old World porcupines

(Hystricidae)

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Hystricidae

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Medium-sized to large rodents, with a heavyset body, a tail not more than half as long as the head and body, and short limbs; spines, quills, and bristles cover the back, sides, and parts of the tail

Size

Head and body length 13.8-36.6 in (35-93 cm), tail length 1-10.2 in (2.5-26 cm), weight 3.3-66.1 lb (1.5-30 kg)

Number of genera, species

3 genera; 11 species (extant)

Habitat

Adaptable to a variety of habitats and can be found in such areas as deserts, rocky areas, mountains, savannas, croplands, and forests

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 1 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 2 species.

Distribution

Generally the warmer regions of Asia, Europe, Africa

Distribution

Generally the warmer regions of Asia, Europe, Africa

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