They feed on leaves, shoots, fruits, bark, roots, and buds. They can be pests of plantation crops.
Young are born with soft hair that hardens to quills with age. Adults are slow-moving and will roll into a ball when threatened and on the ground. The record longevity is just over 17 years.
Woods and Kilpatrick (2005) argue that although members of the genus Sphiggurus are sometimes included in Coendou, the two are distinct enough to warrant recognition of separate genera.
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