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The Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) is covered with layers of quills as long as 1/3 its body length. When attacked, it raises its quills and rattles the hollow quills on its tail and then launches a backwards assault, hoping to stab its attacker. It does this so effectively that most brushes between predators and the Indian porcupine end in death or severe injury. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Crested_Porcupine Photo by joelsartore #Indian_Porcupine #joelsartore…

The Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is the only native North American mammal with antibiotics in its skin. Those antibiotics prevent infection when a porcupine falls out of a tree and is stuck with its own quills upon hitting the ground. Porcupines fall out of trees fairly often because they are highly tempted by the tender buds and twigs at the ends of the branches. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Porcupine Photo by joelsartore #Porcupine #joelsartore #wikipedia

The Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis) is an arboreal porcupine with a spineless prehensile tail with an upturned tip and 4 long clawed toes well adapted for gripping branches. It measures up to 40" in length, half of that being tale. If caught, it rolls up in to a ball. via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Porcupine Photo by joelsartore. #Brazilian_Porcupine #Porcupine #joelsartore #wikipedia

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Real Animals That You Didn't Know Existed

Sunda Colugo via mymodernmet: Found throughout Southeast Asia, it is not a lemur and does not fly but glides and leaps in trees. Because its gliding membrane connects from the neck, extending along the limbs to the tips of the fingers, toes and nails, this skillful climber is helpless on the ground. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunda_flying_lemur #Sunda_Flying_Lemur

Indian Giant Squirrel (Ratufa indicus) @ Bokkapuram, Masinagudi, by Bishancm, wikimedia: The elusive Indian or Malabar Giant Squirrel is a substantial diurnal squirrel weighing 2 kg, with head and body length about 14" and the tail length about 2'. It rarely leaves the trees of the upper-canopy, can jump up to 20', and often freezes or flattens itself against the tree trunk, instead of fleeing. when in danger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_giant_squirrel #Indian_Giant_Squirrel

Thorny Dragon by KeresH, wikimedia: This Australian lizard grows up to 8"in length and lives up to 20 years. It eats ants and collects water by the condensation of dew at night which runs down its skin and between hygroscopic grooves between its spines. During rainfalls, capillary action allows the thorny dragon to suck in water from all over its body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorny_dragon #Thorny_Dragon

this is so sweet....awwww...I would love to have seen this pair of birds at this moment. It is so precious.