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Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or spikes that defend them from predators. It has black to brownish-yellow fur and strong, short legs. It has hairless soles on its feet that help it in climbing trees. It has a round body, small ears and a small head.
Porcupines are the third largest of the rodents. Most porcupines are about 25-36 inches long, with an 8-10 inch long tail. They weigh between 12-35 pounds. They are curved, large and slow. Porcupines come in various shades of brown, grey, and the unusual white.

The common porcupine is an herbivore. It eats leaves, twigs and green plants like cabbage and clover. In the winter, it may eat bark.

Porcupines live in tropical and temperate parts of Asia, Italy, Africa, and North and South America. Porcupines live in forests, deserts and grasslands. Some live in trees, others stay on the ground.
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