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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

Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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