Indian crested porcupine

RAMM’s Indian crested porcupine (Hystrix indica) was collected in India and brought back to the UK alive to live at Primley Zoo (now known as Paignton Zoo). When he died he was mounted (‘stuffed’) by famous taxidermy company Rowland Ward and donated to RAMM in 1940.

Porcupines are rodents. They are more closely related to beavers and mice than they are to other spiny mammals such as hedgehogs. This can be understood most easily by comparing their skulls and teeth. Porcupines feed on wood and other plant matter and have two large incisors (front teeth) that are covered with a hard layer of orange enamel, just like a beaver’s, and flat molars for grinding. Hedgehogs, on the other hand, feed on small invertebrates and have small sharp teeth.

When porcupines are threatened they rattle their short hollow tail quills and raise the much longer quills on their backs. Should a predator be unwise enough to continue its attack the porcupine will reverse into the predator’s face and can inflict very serious injuries.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
South Asia
Common Name
Indian crested porcupine
Simple Name

View Full Details

HYSTRICIDAE: Hystrix indica Kerr: Indian crested porcupine