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Latin name

 

Hystrix africaeaustralis

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length 75-100 cm

Weight

 

10 - 24 kg

Colour

 

White, black-ringed quills and spines cover flanks, tail and upper part of body, while the head carries a crest of flexible black spines with white tips. Remainder of body has coarse black hair, shading to brown on older animals.

Appearance

 

Unlike any other animal.

Habitat

 

A wide variety of habitats including mountains, though not forests or dry desert.