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Sphiggurus mexicanus  Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine,Sphiggurus mexicanus Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Sphiggurus mexicanus

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  1. Stunning mammal intro! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Beautiful capture! Welcome to the JungleDragon! Posted 2 years ago
  3. Wonderful! I love it. Posted 2 years ago
  4. From today's Facebook post:

    Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupines (Coendou mexicanus) are adorable, slow, and docile rodents that are found exclusively in the Americas, primarily in Mexico and Costa Rica. Their maximum weight doesn't exceed 2.6 kg (6 lb), and their petite bodies are covered with short, yellow spines that are partly camouflaged by their long, black hair. One particularly cool feature is that they have a prehensile tail! As an arboreal species, they can use their specialized tail to move more easily through the trees. Plus, they are quirky— they love salt! They will go to extreme lengths to find salt, and have been found breaking into homes to eat salty snacks or sucking salt off the wires underneath cars!

    We can't have a post about porcupines without talking about their quills! These quills are used for defense against predation. But, contrary to popular belief, porcupines cannot shoot their quills. In fact, you have to actually brush up against a porcupine for a quill to stick to you. The quills are super sharp and removal is quite painful because they are barbed and can be more than 7 cm long! Despite this fantastic defense, there are still many animals willing to eat porcupines, including boa constrictors, ocelots, and birds. They may get a quill stuck in their digestive tract and subsequently starve to death, but some creatures are willing to accept that risk. {Spotted in Costa Rica by JungleDragon user, Minor Torres Salazar} #JungleDragon
    Posted 3 months ago
    1. Perfect! Thank you for sharing this gem! One that I had not seen yet! Posted 3 months ago
      1. I thought it was absolutely adorable, and such a unique creature! Posted 3 months ago

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The Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine or Mexican tree porcupine is a species of rodent in the family Erethizontidae. It is found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua and Belize.

Similar species: Rodents
Species identified by Minor Torres
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By Minor Torres

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Uploaded Aug 6, 2016. Captured Feb 19, 2016 14:37.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/7.1
  • 1/100s
  • ISO500
  • 300mm