Crested Porcupine Skull Replica measures 5.5 inches. The Crested Porcupine Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. Scientific name is Hystrix cristata. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw).

The more common name for this species is the African crested porcupine. The adult Crested porcupine or Hystrix cristata has an average head and body length around 24 to 33 in. long, discounting the tail, and weighs from 29 to 60 lbs.

Almost the entire body is covered with bristles which are either dark brown or black and rather coarse. The  Crested porcupine or Hystrix cristata is recognizable by the quills that run along the head, nape, and back that can be raised into a crest. Some sturdier quills which are about 14 in. in length run along the sides and back half of the body. These sturdier quills are used for defense and are usually marked with light and dark bands which alternate; these quills are not firmly attached.

Crested porcupine or Hystrix cristata has a shorter tail which has rattle quills at the end. The rattle quills broaden at the terminal end and the broad portion is hollow with thin walls. When these quills are vibrated, they produce a hiss-like rattle.

The front feet of the Crested porcupine or Hystrix cristata have four developed and clawed digits with a regressed thumb, the rear feet have five. The paws have naked and padded soles and have a plantigrade gait. The ears are external and both the eyes and ears are very small with long vibrissae on its head.

The Crested porcupine or Hystrix cristata skull is specific in many ways; the infraorbital foramen is greatly enlarged so portions of the masseter extend through it and attach from the frontal side surface of the snout. The angular process is inflected on the lower jaw, and third, the nasal cavity is enlarged. Prominent pockets create enlarged areas of attachment for chewing muscles. Collar bones are very much reduced, and one incisor, one premolar and three molars are present in each quadrant.

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Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 in
Crested Porcupine Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hystricidae
Genus: Hystrix
Species: H. cristata
Binomial name: Hystrix cristata
Conservation status: Least concern – A least concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation.


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