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African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) latin dict size=49   common dict size=512
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African crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata)

The world's largest porcupine, this rodent exhibits black and white quills along its head. The African crested porcupine is so called due to its back, which can raise, becoming a crest on occasion. The solid and sharp quills, covering the body of this animal, serve as a mean of self-defense against predators and are 35 cm (14 in) in length, displaying alternating light and dark stripes. These prickles are wide, thin walled and hollow-tipped. When the African crested porcupine is threatened, these quills vibrate, producing a hiss-like sound. The quills of this rodent are so sharp, that the animal can injure lions, leopards, hyenas and humans.

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