Zoological name: Some well known species of porcupines are the Indian porcupine (Hystrix indica), the Himalayan porcupine (H. hodgsoni), the Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine
(Attherurus macrourus), the prehensile-tailed porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) and the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum). Porcupines are also known as" quill pigs".
Distribution: They are found Asia, Africa, South, Central and North Americas.
Habitat: Porcupines live in a wide variety of habitats such as dense forests, semideserts, open grasslands and deserts.
Behaviour: The Old World porcupines are nocturnal and terrestrial.
Life span: The life span varies from 8 to 20 years in the wild.