what are hedgehogs and porcupine

what are the differents betwin hedghogs and a porcupines


They are very different species. Hedgehogs are omnivores from the primitive and are indigenous to Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are small- many species can be held in the palm of your hand. Their quills are small, not barbed, and are fixed to their bodies. Hedgehogs can also curl up into little balls. There is a strain of domesticated hedgehogs that people keep as pets.

On the other hand, porcupines are' herbivorous rodents, indigenous' to the Americas as well as southeast Asia and Africa. They are much larger, '2-3 feet long with an 8-10inch' tail, and do not curl up. Porcupine quills can be barbed, and quills are released by contact or sometimes if the porcupine shakes its body. As a result, it is potentially much more painful to interact with a porcupine than a hedgehog, since with a porcupine you are likely to get a spine embedded in your skin, and it is likely to hurt coming out due to the barbs. Very few people keep them.


Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines and New World porcupines.

what are the diffrenets about a porupines quills and a hedgehogs quills

Most mammals have fur or hair that is somewhat flexible and soft. But the hair on the back of a hedgehog is a thick layer of spikes (or modified hairs) known as quills. These quills are made of keratin, the same stuff our hair and fingernails make of.

what are the diffrenets about a porupines quills and a hedgehogs quills

Quills grow in varying lengths and colors, depending on the animal's age and species. Porcupines' quills, or spines, take on various forms, depending on the species, but all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin, and embedded in the skin musculature.
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