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Old 11-15-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Porcupines are prickly eaters
9/19/2012 9:56:00 PM
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Porcupines are prickly eaters - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
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If there is one animal at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary that is a foodie, it would be Ms. Quilber, the North American porcupine.

Ms. Quilber loves her food. Her favorites are avocados, bananas, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. She can be a little picky. She likes strawberries too, but only the biggest, juiciest strawberries and because she has such a sophisticated palate, her absolute favorite food is...
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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How cute. At first I thought I'd say I'm like a porcupine...because I'm a picky eater--then I realized she was described as a prickly eater! Oh well, I do love to eat...and I want only what I like, so I guess we are still similar.

I'm have a slight fascination with porcupines. I've always read that they are shy and reclusive. Being nocturnal as well seems to cut back even more on my chance of seeing one. I guess a game cam might just be in order.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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Avocados, bananas, corn on the cob and sweet potatoes?? Me thinks this porcupine spends too much of her time in the grocery store.

I've seen porcupines feeding on bark, but the article did pique my interest about what the normal year round diet of a wild porcupine would be. This website had some interesting insights:
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Porcupines are generalist herbivores. Diets vary throughout the year in response to minute changes in plant chemistry. Feeding rates also change seasonally. Throughout the spring and summer months, when high protein foods are readily available, feeding rates are reduced. However, in the autumn, feeding rates increase, probably in preparation for the winter scarcity of high quality forage.
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The crucial nutritional resource for porcupines is nitrogen. Winter sources of nitrogen include bark, twigs, and evergreen needles. These are relatively poor sources of nitrogen, so porcupines move continuously towards starvation, constantly loosing weight throughout the winter.
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Porcupine feeding happens primarily at night. This is related to changes in plant and leaf chemistry at night. Porcupines take advantage of the added nutrients available during the night-time metabolic processes of plants.
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Porcupine feeding happens primarily at night. This is related to changes in plant and leaf chemistry at night. Porcupines take advantage of the added nutrients available during the night-time metabolic processes of plants.
That is very interesting.

NEWisc, I just noticed you've become a fox. Congratulations.
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