When Are North American Porcupines Most Active? (Night, Day, Weather, Seasons)

North American Porcupines (Erethizon dorsatum) can be found in the western and northeastern regions of the United States of America, Canada, and Alaska. Porcupines are adaptable animals and can survive in different types of ecosystems. The places where these spiny animals can be found have changing seasons throughout the year and the porcupine’s behavior changes … Read more

Are North American Porcupines Going Extinct? (Stable Today But Facing Some Risks)

Floofmania is happy to tell you that the North American porcupine population overall is healthy and fairly stable. In spite of the changes in their habitats, conflict with human populations, and their low reproductive rate, this quilled rodent proves itself to be a surprisingly hardy creature. Did you know that the earliest fossils of the … Read more

Can I Legally Own a North American Porcupine In My State or Country?

Normally, the North American porcupine is spotted throughout various states and countries as a wild animal. While they are not related to hedgehogs, porcupines look like bigger hedgehogs that could be household pets! The North American Porcupine is legal to own in most states in the USA, except a few like California or Georgia. If … Read more

North American Porcupines In The Winter (Food, Behavior & Adaptations)

Sub-zero temperatures, blizzards, and a poor diet of tree bark and needles – these are some of the harsh conditions the North American porcupine has to endure every winter. This slow-moving, solitary herbivore doesn’t look like it has a lot of tools to survive the months-long extreme cold in its forest habitats. But porcupines truly … Read more

North American Porcupines And Their Odor (A Smelly Rodent!)

North American porcupines are best known for their quills but they have another distinct characteristic that most people don’t know about, which is their unpleasant, pungent odor!  Today, Floofmania will cover porcupine smells and the role they play in their daily life and survival.  Are North American Porcupines Smelly? North American porcupines are stinky little … Read more

The North American Porcupine’s Social Behavior (They’re Quite Solitary)

Aloof, shy, and independent. These are not the usual words you think about when you see the roly-poly porcupine waddling from tree to tree. In the wild, the North American porcupine is prickly around other creatures (even its own kind!) and is extraordinarily self-reliant.  Are they the ultimate introverts or loners of the forests? How … Read more