Significance to humans

Some are hunted for meat. The quills of some species are used in artwork.

Prehensile Tails Humans
The prehensile-tailed porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) uses its prehensile tail to climb from branch to branch. (Photo by © Martin Harvey; Gallo Images/Corbis. Reproduced by permission.)
Prehensile Tails Humans

1. Prehensile-tailed porcupine (Coendou prehensilis); 2. North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum); 3. Bahía hairy dwarf porcupine (Sphig-gurus insidiosus); 4. Mexican hairy porcupine (Sphiggurus mexicanus). (Illustration by Jacqueline Mahannah)

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