Porcupines are large, spine covered rodents that like a diet high in salt. Those in the Americas sometimes choose to live in trees, even though their distant relatives in Africa, Europe, and Asia prefer more grounded lifestyles. In the Order: rodent and Class: Rodentia, they need to gnaw constantly. Typical questions relate to the porcupine's uses of its quills, survival threats, preferred foods, interactions with people and wildlife, geographic ranges, and defensive behaviors.

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