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How many quills does a porcupine have?

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The average porcupine has approximately 30,000 quills. These quills are specially designed hairs and are very sharp and have a barbed tip. They are used as a defense mechanism and only used when the porcupine feels threatened. 3,ooo
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When do porcupines get their quills?

when porcupines are born they automatically have their quills but the quills don't harden until a few days after, then they can use them as a defense mechanism

Are porcupine quills made of fur?

The quills of a porcupine are modified hairs; they would not be described as fur, but they derive from fur in an evolutionary sense.

Are porcupines quills poisonous if eaten?

You can't eat porcupine quills anyway because they are made from material that's hard and can break your teeth. I wouldn't advise eating them anyway.
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Are porcupine quills poisionous?

No, but porcupine quills are dirty and carry bacteria and fungi. A poke by a porcupine quill could start an infection in an animal, including a human.