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Hystrix indica

Hystrix indica
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 898] (4731)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-27
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-28 6:51
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is the Indian Crested Porcupine (Hystrix indica), or the Indian Porcupine which is a member of the Old World porcupines.

I photographed this rodent a night or two back when it stood all bristled up, grunting, besieged by the local stray dogs at my doorstep. The dogs were barking furiously close after midnight and I had to know why and saw this fellow encircled by them. Actually my house is situated smack in the middle of white clover fields where the Indian Porcupines come foraging at night from the nearby graveyard where they have a thriving colony. Their encounter with dogs is a common occurrence so this fellow provided me with a chance to photograph it in a very precarious situation. The photo has been cropped and light shade have been adjusted.

Here is the rest of the information about this species:

It is quite an adaptable rodent, found throughout southern Asia and the Middle East. It is tolerant of several different habitats: mountains, tropical and subtropical grasslands, scrublands, and forests. It is a large rodent, growing more than 0.9 m (3 ft) long and weighing 14.5 kg (32 lb).[citation needed] It is covered in multiple layers of quills. The longest quills grow from its shoulders to about a third of the animal's length. Its tail is covered in short, hollow quills that can rattle when threatened. It has broad feet and long claws for digging. When attacked, the Indian Crested Porcupine raises its quills and rattles the hollow quills on its tail. If the predator persists past these threats, the porcupine launches a backwards assault, hoping to stab its attacker with its quills. It does this so effectively that most brushes between predators and the Indian porcupine end in death or severe injury.

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A timely shot and that's what matters, Abid Bhai.
I have seen only the quills of these creatures, so for me, this is as good a sighting as any.
The dogs must regret trying to attack it from the rear. :)
You draw a graphic picture of the location of your house through minimalistic use of words.

Hallo Abid
Not an animal that is often seen here on Trek Nature and therefore I enjoy and appreciate this image. One can see that you captured this fellow in the night due to the colour of the eye, but the light in the image shows all its prominent details beautifully. I really would not liked to be attacked by one of these fellows. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5830 W: 89 N: 14938] (62666)
  • [2012-02-28 11:40]

This is a great capture my friend,a very rare guest of the treknature gallery and a great choice of point of view,sharpness and details! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Amazing animal Abid! Interesting photo!

Good day Abid!
Dangerous capture ;)!Great POV and composition,natural colors,lighting and sharpness.
Thank You,
Have a nice day!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 576 W: 0 N: 650] (7937)
  • [2012-02-29 4:28]

Hi Abid,
Nice photo of this interesting animal. Nice colours with excellent details.
Regards Jiri.

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