Mammal-rodent, also known as porcupine tail, or the quandu or cuandu, inhabits the forests of the Amazon being seen by some residents of rural areas because of their nocturnal habits.

This animal has the upper parts covered with barbed spines of strong white or pale yellow at the base and tip, and black or dark brown in the center.

 

It is adapted to living in trees using the tail to attach themselves to twigs.

 

Females give birth to one or two cubs after a gestation of about seven months, and the baby is fed and protected by parents for about three months.

 

The quandu lives about 10 years, is solitary, resting by day in the trees or in hollow stem and leaves at night in search of food (seeds, fruits, nuts, bark and leaves).

 

ERETHIZONTIDAE - Coendou sp.

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