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Porcupines are unusual animals that pique our interest and our curiosity. Do they ever stick themselves or other porcupines with their spines? And now that we think about it, how many different species are there?
The author really knows his porcupines. He compares and contrasts the anatomy, behaviour and reproduction of these animals, which are divided into Old World (Africa, Asia and Southern Europe) and New World (North and South America) species. Roze also addresses issues involving porcupine protection and conservation: for example, he tells of one Brazilian species that was so rare it had been considered extinct – until it was rediscovered in the 1980s.
Title: Porcupines – The Animal Answer Guide
Author: Uldis Roze
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012