Porcupines are sturdy animals with a round head and a movable snout. The legs have wide soles, strong toes and curved claws. The tree porcupine’s coat consists of long hairs and spines that can grow up to four inches long. They do not have spines on the muzzle, belly and inside of the legs. The spines are bi-colored, light at the base and dark at the end.
There are many dog owners in Suriname who have encountered their four-legged friend with a number of those sharp spines in their muzzle… In 99 of the 100 cases, the tree porcupine survived the fight with the dog! They can therefore defend themselves very well.