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Erethizon dorsatum (North American Porcupine) A vistor to my yard. Erethizon dorsatum,Erethizontidae,Geotagged,North American porcupine,Summer,United States,mammal,rodent Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Wow, Gary, such a visit would blow my mind. It's huge, and freakin' weird! Posted 2 years ago
    1. I think the porcupine was more afraid of me. They are huge, second largest rodent in North America. Rather slow moving so many get killed crossing roads. Posted 2 years ago
  2. Lucky!! I have always wanted to see one. Posted 2 years ago
    1. I don't know how common they are in Connecticut but porcupines do love salt and some people who trap them use pieces of wood soaked in salt water as a bait. I haven't tried this personally. Porcupines also like to eat white pine and tamarack, at least around here, so where these trees grow might be a good place to look for them. During the day they like to sleep on branches. Posted 2 years ago
      1. I have seen them dead in the road (just a couple times), and I've heard of sightings nearby. I sometimes look up into the trees for porcupines and owls, but have yet to find either! I have found porcupine scat though, so that's a start, lol. Posted 2 years ago
  3. I once saw one up a pine tree when I was visiting the Saguenay fjord in Canada. They are big! Posted 2 years ago
    1. They've got some heft to them that's for sure. Posted 2 years ago

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The North American porcupine, also known as the Canadian porcupine or common porcupine, is a large rodent in the New World porcupine family. The beaver is the only larger rodent in North America. They range from Labrador to Alaska, as far north as the Arctic Sea and south to the northern edge of Mexico.

Similar species: Rodents
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Uploaded Sep 17, 2020. Captured Sep 15, 2020 17:54 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • SAMSUNG-SM-G930A
  • f/1.7
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 4.2mm