Porcupine, Prehensile-Tailed

Porcupine, Prehensile-Tailed

Coendou prehensilis

Vital Statistics


1 - 2 feet


9 - 11 lbs


Rodent and primate chow, peanuts, apples, carrots, yams, zucchini, canteloupe,grapes, and bananas.


Status: Least Concern

Geographic Region

Coastal Amazon forests of Venezuela, Guianas, Brazil, Bolivia and Trinidad.

At The Zoo

Faces of the Rainforest

Did You Know?

Their long, prehensile tail is modified for climbing. There is a callus pad on the upper side near the tip and half of the weight of the tail is muscle.