Monday, March 02, 2009

DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT 'PORCUPINES'???

Just For Fun
* Porcupines are also called 'quill pigs'. They are short, fat, and covered with as many as 30,000 spiny quills.
* Contrary to popular myth, porcupines cannot shoot their quills. When a predator approaches, the porcupine will turn its back, raise the quills and lash out at the threat with its tail.
* The common porcupine is a good swimmer, its hollow quills help keep it afloat. It is also an excellent tree-climber and spends much of its time in trees.

12 comments:

Joy said...

I feel like I just got homeschooled. Thanks.

Joy

Nina in Portugal said...

How bout that!!?

Most Rev. Gregori said...

"It is also an excellent tree-climber and spends much of its time in trees."

No wonder I have only seen one in my entire life, I was always looking in bushes and behind rocks for them.

Betty said...

Did not know they spent their time in trees!
I think I´ll have to do this with some kind of Paraguayan animal.
Interesting!

Deborah said...

They are very good tree climbers! Last year I posted a picture of a porcupine that our dog had chased up a tree...after getting a nose full of quills of course!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

quill pigs.....love it!

justabeachkat said...

Nope...I learned quite a bit. Thanks.

Hugs!
Kat

MightyMom said...

well I didn't know they climbed trees....but I did know the rest haha.

lady jane said...

and now you know the rest of the story...

this has got to be one of your more **random** posts, Pam. ha!

Susan said...

Must be a homeschool project!
Susan

Thursday's Child said...

Just goes to show there's more there than meets the eye. (Hopefully, just meeting the eye...not piercing it.;) )

groovyoldlady said...

Yep...You ain't seen nothin' 'til you've seen (and heard) grunting porckies up a tree. It's quite memorable!