African Crested Porcupines (scientific name: Hystrix cristata) live in small family groups consisting of an adult pair with their young. Together they live in an intricate burrow system. These porcupines are nocturnal and will spend much of the night in search of food, usually alone or in small groups.
- Black and white quills up to 14 inches long
- Short black tail with rattle quills
- Long black and white spines up to 20 inches long
- Quills marked with light and dark bands that alternate
African Crested Porcupines are found in Italy, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. They are known to be found from mainland Italy to the island of Sicily, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as well as Ghana, Libya and along the Egyptian coast.
- Fallen fruits
- Cultivated crops
Their long claws help them dig up roots and tubers
African Crested Porcupines are often illegally hunted for their meat
- Quill collecting
African Crested Porcupine quills have long been thought to be a good luck charm in African culture
- Least Concern