The most obvious differences between hedgehogs and porcupines are size and defense mechanisms. A hedgehog is significantly smaller than a porcupine. It curls into a ball with spikes facing outward to ward off predators; ... More »

When porcupines mate, the female relaxes her quills and folds them flat against her body, lifts her quilled tail and arches it over her back, and raises her rear. This enables the male to mount her without risking injury... More »

Porcupines are herbivores, so their diet consists entirely of plants. Their exact diet varies by season and location, but North American porcupines mostly eat leaves, twigs, bark, acorns, buds and flowers. More »

Good treats for hedgehogs include meats, eggs, insects, rice, fruits and vegetables. Give treats in moderation to hedgehogs as a supplement to a balanced diet. More »

Primary predators of porcupines include coyotes and bobcats who like their large body size and ample supply of meat. Some wolves and owls also hunt porcupines. Relative to other rodents, porcupines have a small number of... More »

Coyotes are smaller than fully grown wolves and have pointier muzzles and larger ears. There is some overlap in coat color between coyotes and gray wolves. Wolves have a greater range of possible fur colors, while coyote... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One major difference between a lion and a crocodile is that the lion is a mammal, and the crocodile is a reptile. A lioness gives birth to live young and nurses them with her milk. A crocodile lays eggs and covers them w... More » Pets & Animals Mammals