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Cape Porcupine

Afrikaans name: Ystervark

Cape Porcupine

Cape Porcupine

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Hystrix africaeaustralis

Interesting facts about Cape Porcupines

The Cape Porcupine can weigh up to 30 kg and grow to a length of 60 cm. They are the largest rodents found in South Africa.

Male and female have a similar appearance but females are slightly larger. Each family group has a territory and more than one generation of youngsters may be found with the adults.

Porcupines feed off bulbs and tubers which they dig up with their strong claws. They will also eat fallen fruit.

They normally give birth to a single offspring but it may number 4 on rare occasions.

The Cape Porcupine is mainly active at night although they may occasionally be seen during the day.

Their long quills are used to defend themselves against predators.


References and further reading

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 48

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 96

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 173

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 146

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 321

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 59

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 167

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 152

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 419

Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 41

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 321

Wild Issue 42 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 44

List of South African Mammals

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