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African Porcupine Quills

$5.00 CAD

Natural History

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Sold in Packages of two. Perfect for any natural history collection or arts and crafts. They also make ideal hair pins. The African Crested Porcupine is native to Italy, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa and much larger than our North American variety. It’s sharp, sturdy quills provide protection against predators. It’s body is covered in course quills 1 to 13 inches long. These quills fall out easily and are found naturally in the wild. Porcupine quills are modified hair that has a thick coat of karatin the same as that of the human finger nail. This porcupine has a short tail which has rattle quills at the end. The rattle quills broaden at the terminal end and the broad portion is hollow with thin walls. When these quills are vibrated, they produce a hiss-like rattle.