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Bicolored-spined Porcupine
Range Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Erethizontidae
Genus Coendou
Species Coendou bicolor
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Bicolored-spined porcupine (Coendou bicolor), is a species of New World porcupine in the family Erethizontidae. It is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The head and body of the bicolored-spined porcupine measure about 543 mm, and another 481 mm tail. The body is covered with dense spines, pale yellow at the base and black-tipped, and significantly darker on the midback. The bicolored-spined porcupine has a fully prehensile tail that is primarily free of spines.

Classification and Evolution[]

The Bicolored-spined porcupine's order is rodentia. It is related to rats, squirrels, and beavers, to name a few. Erethizontidae, its family, classifies it as a New World Porcupine. The genus is coendou, which identifies it with other porcupines with prehensile tails.


Young Bicolored-spined porcupines are called pups. Adult females are known as sows and males boars. A family is called a prickle. Their generation length is eight years.


The Bicolored-spined porcupine is arboreal, nocturnal, and solitary. However, adult pairs sometimes den together in tree holes. It is slow, but can climb trees quickly. It feeds on leaves, fruit, and bark.