Food Chain

What Eats A Porcupines?

Porcupines Have Little To Fear
What Eats A Porcupine?

What Eats A Porcupines?

What do porcupines eat?

Porcupines are covered with quills that painfully stick into almost any predator that tries to attack them. For this reason, porcupines do not have to fear being eaten by very many animals.

Three animals, however, have figured out how to eat porcupines. Bobcats, cougars and fishers have learned that a porcupine has no quills on its stomach. So one of these predators will sometimes kill and eat porcupines by flipping it onto its back and biting into its vulnerable belly.

But few animals know this porcupines-eating trick.

And, what do porcupines eat? A porcupine eats tender bark and twigs, along with other types of vegetation.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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