Born at the Houston Zoo on March 29, 2003, she is a human imprint. She came to Turtle Bay on January 4, 2008. Spike has become a guest favorite as she appears in a variety of Animal Programs. She is one of the stars in our Walk on the Wild Side show, school programs, and guests get to take a walk with her in the Animal Parade.
About North American Porcupines
Order: Rodentia; Family: Erethizontidae; Species: Erethizon dorsatum
Range: They have the northern-most range of all porcupines and can be found in most of Canada and the western United States south to Mexico. In the eastern United States, they can be found in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England.
Habitat: Porcupines prefer forests with both hardwood and softwood trees, though they may be found in desert chaparral in northern Mexico.
Diet: Porcupines are herbivorous. They will eat bark, leaves, twigs, grasses, roots, buds, flowers, and a variety of other vegetation. They are mostly nocturnal, but will sometimes forage for food in the day. They are known to chew on antlers and bones found on the ground for the high mineral content.
Lifespan: Up to 10-15 years in the wild; 10-20 years in captivity.