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Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Forests with mixed deciduous and coniferous trees, or pine and hemlock. Sometimes they are found on prairies, farmland and aspen swamps.

Description: Glossy, brown to black coat, with long, white-tipped guard hairs.  The front claws are sharp and curved.

Size: 53-94cm long; 1-12kg

Diet: leaves, buds, twigs, bark, and the cambium layer of tress and shrubs.

Fun Facts: The skin on the soles of a porcupine's feet are covered in bumps that are like teeth, so it's easier for them to climb trees

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

area wildlife + plants

False Solomon’s Seal
Smilacina racemosa

Habitat: Found throughout the woodlands and prairie thickets of Alberta.

Description: The flowers are small and white that grows in dense clusters at the ends of leafy stems.  Each flower resembles a miniature lily which turns into a purple berry when mature.  The plant itself grows in dense patches bearing ovate leaves.

Size: 0.5-1m tall

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