Sticky situation – porcupine quill close up

close-up image of a porcupine quill

Porcupine quill close-up – why you don’t want to get stuck

Not that most people need encouragement to keep a safe distance from a porcupine but if you tangle with these passive critters they are protected by modified hairs or quills.  These quills cover most of the body but are especially concentrated on the porcupine’s back and tail.  Porcupines cannot shot their quills but will swat at potential predators with their tail.  The quills easily pull out of the porcupine once they embed into a potential predator because of the barbs you see visible in the photo above.

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