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Mexican Hairy Porcupine

(Coendou mexicanus)

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The Mexican Hairy Porcupine also called Prehensile-tailed Porcupine. Small brown or black porcupine wilh long prehensile tail which is bare at the end; spines ('quills') are largely hidden by long, soft hair; usually 30 to 40cm (12 to 16in), plus tail. (Puercoespín, Cuerpoespín).


Low, middle, and some higher elevation forests and more open areas, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; nocturnal; mostly arboreal but also found on the ground.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Palo Verde National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Mexican Hairy Porcupine (Coendou mexicanus), Costa Rica