Prehensile-tailed Porcupine…Say What?
Needed some unique wildlife today.
Yep, unlike our domestic porcupines these little fellows, from Central and South America, are arboreal and have an unquilled tail that they use much like the opposum. Their hands and feet are also modified for grasping rather than digging. The PTP spend days sleeping in the upper tree canopy and feed nocturally on a vegetarian diet. Just don’t rub them the wrong way! This one is from “The Tropics” exhibit at the Kansas City Zoo. He is resting on a faux rock about 7ft up. Taken with a Nikon 18-135mm lens by ambient light plus flash in manual mode through glass (thankfully!). Photo is (C) 2010 kkeith, photographer.