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Sphingurus martini

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Coendou prehensilis,Hystrix  prehensilis, H.subspinosum,

Etymology

porcupine: "pig with spines"

Family

Traditional name

Regional name of Iguassu Falls (Brazil/Argentina): Ouriço-cacheiro
Coendou Coendou
bicolor, mexicanus, pallidus, prehensilis -- Coendou
Coendou Sphiggurus
insidiosus, spinosus, vestitus -- Coendou
Porcospino
Porcupine

The Old World porcupines have the name Histricinae, those of the New World Sphingurinae.

Used parts

Trituration of the quills
The prickles taken from the sides of the animal are triturated according to Class IX.

Classification

Animalia; Chordata / Vertebrata - Vertebrates; Mammalia - Mammals; Rodentia - Rodents; Hystricidae - Porcupines

Keywords

silicea-like

Original proving

It was proven by Dr. J. Vincente Martins, Brazil.
Mure proved the 3x trituration of the prickles.

Description of the substance

The prehensile-tailed porcupine's range is South Panama, Andes from Northwest Columbia to North Argentina and Northwest Brazil. Their habitat is forest areas and low lying jungles.
The head and body length of a prehensile-tailed porcupine is 30cm or 12 inches. Its tail is long but does not have quills. The dorsal side of the porcupine is covered with short spines. The adult spines are approximately two and a half inches. Colors of the dorsal quills vary from yellow to black.
These porcupines are very near sighted and have keen senses of touch , hearing and smell. They all have large brains and appear to have good memories. They are very clumsy when they are forced to move to the ground.
While in the wild, the porcupine eats leaves, tender stems and fruits. Sometimes it even eats crops, like corn, from a farmer’s fields. They will sometimes damage crops to get food for survival.
There is no breeding season. Females mate right after the young is born. Gestation lasts 203 days after one young is born. Normally, only one infant is born at a time. The infants are covered with short spines that are flexible at birth and harden soon afterwards. Young weigh 415 grams at birth and can climb almost immediately. Adult size is reached in less than a year. Sexual maturity for females is accomplished in 19 months. When they are born they are usually orange and have soft skin.
These porcupines are nocturnal. During the day, they rest in trees. If caught, they roll into a ball. The tail is used to curl around trees while climbing. Their enemies are large animals, such as an ocelet or people.

Characteristics
Heavy-bodied animal with well-developed claws and unfurred soles on their large feet. The soles consist of pads and creases which increase the supporting surface and the gripping power of the feet. Long spineless tails are used for grasping. Their tips form upward curls and have a hard skin on the upper surface. The tail contributes 9 percent of the total body weight.

Behavior
The prehensile-tailed porcupine is a tree-dwelling animal. It rarely descends to the ground and only does so to feed or move to another tree. Because it is exclusively arboreal, it is very clumsy when forced to move about on the ground, walking slowly and awkwardly. They produce a variety of sounds — moans, whines, grunts, coughs, sniffs, shrieks, barks, and wails.

Reproduction
The gestation period averages 210 days, and usually 1 young is produced (rarely twins). The weight of the newborn is about 14 ounces. Porcupine young are born with their eyes open and are able to walk. They are able to climb trees within a few days and will grow for 3 or 4 years before they reach adult size.

   There is no breeding season. Females mate right after the young is born. Gestation lasts 203 days after one young is born. Normally, only one infant is born at a time. The infants are covered with short spines that are flexible at birth and harden soon afterwards. Young weigh 415 grams at birth and can climb almost immediately. Adult size is reached in less than a year. Sexual maturity for females is accomplished in 19 months. When they are born they are usually orange and have soft skin.


Life span
12 – 17 years

Diet
Tree bark, leaves, fruit, roots, stems, berries, seeds, tubers, insects, and even small reptiles at times