Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine
Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Atherurus macrourus
Weight
1-4.3
2.2-9.5
kglbs
kg lbs 
Length
36.5-60
14.4-23.6
cminch
cm inch 

The Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine (Atherurus macrourus ) is a species of rodent in the family Hystricidae.It is found in China, Bhutan, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Distribution

Geography

It is a nocturnal and fossorial species, occurring in subtropical and tropical montane forests. It is found on the forest floor, often in areas with profuse undergrowth interspersed with cane and bamboo brakes and palms.

Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine habitat map

Climate zones

Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

In one study using camera traps, it was found that the porcupine typically hunts at night, with a single activity peak during the three-hour period before midnight. To avoid predators on nights when the moon is full, foraging activity is limited to dawn and dusk.

Seasonal behavior

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
PREGNANCY DURATION
100 to 110 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 2
INDEPENDENT AGE
1 to 2 years

It constructs burrows, which may be occupied by up to three animals. The female produces one or two litters a year, of a single young, after a gestation period of 100 to 110 days.

Population

Conservation

Known to be one of the rarest porcupines in South Asia, the species is protected under Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, though not listed in CITES. It has been recorded from Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, India (Molur et al. 2005). It is present in a number of protected areas in Southeast Asia.

References

1. Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_brush-tailed_porcupine
2. Asiatic brush-tailed porcupine on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/2354/166518819

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