Coendou prehensilis Skull Replica measures 3.3 inches. Coendou prehensilis Skull is museum quality polyurathane cast made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). California Academy of Sciences cast of original specimen. Known as Prehensile tailed porcupine. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Coendou prehensilis or Prehensile tailed porcupines have short, thick quills and their body color ranges from yellowish to almost black. Among the most notable features of Coendou porcupines are their unspined prehensile tails. The front and hind feet are also modified for grasping.

These limbs all contribute to making this animal an adept climber, an adaptation to living most of their lives in trees.

They feed on leaves, shoots, fruits, bark, roots, and buds. They can be pests of plantation crops. they also make a distinctive “baby-like” sound to communicate in the wild.

The Coendou prehensilis live in the South American forests of Venezuela, Guiana, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Trinidad, and some extreme northern sections of Argentina. They weigh from 4 to 11 pounds.

Their bodies are 12 to 24 inches long and their tails are almost as long as their bodies, adding another 13 to 19 inches. Their head is round, and face usually white. Pink nose and lips are large, soft, and bulbous.

Coendou prehensilis does not hesitate to attack an adversary, which it does by biting or sitting on its haunches to shake its quills. They will stamp their hind feet when excited and curl up to protect their soft underbelly.

They can produce a variety of sounds, from moans and whines to grunts, coughs, shrieks, barks and wails.

Coendou prehensilis are herbivores that eat leaves, flowers, shoots, roots and the cambium layer found beneath the bark of some trees.

Arboreal animals, they are also excellent climbers and spend the majority of their time in trees. Their ranges vary from 20 to 94 acres.

The Coendou prehensilis young are covered with red hairs and small spines, which harden shortly after birth. Young weigh 360-450 grams at birth and are nutritionally independent at 15 weeks after birth. During the day, young are left alone in a sheltered place but are nursed at least once per day.

Adults are slow-moving and will roll into a ball when threatened and on the ground. The record longevity is 27 years.