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Porcupines are mammals mentioned only once in the Dragons: Rescue Riders episode, "Where There's Smoke".

Description

Porcupines are one of the largest groups of rodents, comprising of two families in the Infraorder Hystricognathi. Generally speaking, porcupines are divided into 'New World' porcupines (Family Erethizontidae) and 'Old World' Porcupines (Family Hystricidae). The majority of species from both groups occur in temperate to tropical regions and are herbivorous. Otherwise both groups differ widely with habitat, behavior, quill structure, dentition, and various other morphological features.

Old World porcupines can be found in sections of Southern Europe, as well as throughout Africa and Asia. It is possible historical Vikings knew of porcupines or possibly encountered them during trade or raids. The Crested Porcupine (Hystrix cristata) has a distribution that includes most of Italy.

Function

In the DreamWorks Dragons Franchise, porcupines are mentioned as a comparison for spiky dragons.

In reality, some porcupine species can be a garden pest. Porcupines are also occasionally eaten in Western cultures, but is more so in Asia and Africa. Porcupine quills have also been used for personal adornments such as headdresses.

Appearances

Dragons: Rescue Riders, Season 1

In "Where There's Smoke", Magnus Finke calls Cutter a flying porcupine, due to his razor spikes on his body.

References

Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Porcupine on Wikipedia

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