Cape porcupine

Cape porcupine

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Hystricidae
Species : Hystrix africaeaustralis


Keywords: nocturnal , quill , tail

Which zoos have them?
Artis (Netherlands)

The Cape porcupine is listed as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the Cape porcupine
A young / baby of a Cape porcupine is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'sow' and males 'boar'. A Cape porcupine group is called a 'prickle or family'.
Some facts about the
Cape porcupine

Adult weight : 24 kg (52.8 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 23 years

Female maturity :375 days

Male maturity : 390 days

Gestation : 94 days

Weaning : 77 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 379 days

Weight at birth : 0.351 kg (0.7722 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 13 W

Body mass : 11.3 kg (24.86 lbs)

Temperature : 37.85 °C (100.13 °F)

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Facts about the Cape porcupine

Cape porcupines are monogamous. (Full text)

The general pattern of steroid secretion during the 30-day oestrous cycle of the Cape porcupine is that of a surge (25-176 pg/ml) in oestradiol-17 beta secretion at the time of perforation of the vaginal closure membrane, followed by an increase in progesterone concentrations, the latter attaining peak values (mean 5. (Full text)

The reproductive tract of the male Cape porcupine is morphologically and histologically similar to that of New World hystricomorph rodents. (Full text)

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