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porcupine

two families of rodents, the New World (Erethizontidae) and Old World (Hystricidae) porcupines have long, erectile spines or quills. All are nocturnal, some are arboreal, some live in burrows. The quills are a cause of major injury to individual dogs that attack the animals. Called also Hystrix cristata (common porcupine), Erythizon dorsatum (Canadian porcupine).

porcupine fish
members of the family Diodontidae, the flesh of which is poisonous, causing hypotension, hypothermia, emesis and paralysis.
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He had waited too often and futilely in the past for porcupines to unroll, to waste any more time.
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We studied the landscape impact of digging and clipping of vegetation by Indian crested porcupine Hystrix indica in an undulating topography in Islamabad.
The quills lie flat until a porcupine feels threatened.
The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) has a broad geographic distribution, spanning much of North America south of the tree line (Wood 1973).
Once the porcupine smells the food, it enters the cage, the door drops and it is then trapped inside.
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It pretends not at all; but the small hemispherical tussocks resemble nothing so much, in the distance, as a porcupine with quills erect, and I strongly advocate this vernacular for adoption.