How do porcupines defend themselves?

1 Answer
Oct 28, 2016

By their quills.


The porcupine's body is covered in quills. These quills have very sharp barbs on the ends. If a porcupine feels threatened it will raise its quills in a defensive posture.

The quills will penetrate the skin of the attacker and the barbs will hold the quill in the attacker's skin. The quill will release from the porcupine's body and stay attached to the attacker. This will cause a tremendous amount of pain to the attacker causing it to be distracted. As the attacker attempts to remove the quills even more pain will be felt. In all of this distraction, the porcupine will escape the attacker and the attacker will have learned a painful lesson.