Crested Porcupine

Crested Porcupine

Much of our knowledge of crested porcupine breeding behavior comes from captive individuals and they are known to mate only at night, both in and out of the burrow.

Much of our knowledge of crested porcupine breeding behavior comes from captive individuals.

Breeding occurs throughout the year at the London Zoo, from July to December in Central Africa, and from March to December in Indian zoos. Captive females in South Africa produce litters throughout the year, mainly from August to March with a peak in January.

Mating occurs only at night, both in and out of the burrow. Females do not show aggression to familiar males, but are aggressive to unknowns.


Image | ©️ George Hodan, Public Domain (CC0 Public Domain)
Sources | (Felicioli, Grazzini, & Santini, 1997; McPhee, 2003; Nowak, 1999; Storch, 1990; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2020b)

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