Porcupine Potatoes

20181128_101155_HDRThe porcupine is the prickliest of rodents. Its Latin name means “quill pig”, which is the regional American name of the porcupine.

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There are more than two dozen porcupine species, and all boast a coat of needle-like quills to give predators a sharp reminder that this animal is no easy meal.

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Some quills, like those of Africa’s crested porcupine, are nearly a foot long.

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As part of our forest theme, we created porcupines using toothpicks and potatoes. Students strengthened their hand-eye coordination and counting skills while creating the perfect prickly friend!

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