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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-05 23:11
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Prehensile-tailed Porcupine
Coendou prehensilis

DESCRIPTION: The prehensile-tailed porcupine is a large, tree-dwelling rodent that is covered with stout, barbed quills. The prehensile tail does not have quills at the tip and is designed for grasping onto tree branches.
SIZE: 50-61 cm (20-24 in.) long
WEIGHT: 4-6 kg (9-13 lb.)
DIET: Herbivores that feed on leaves, stems, fruits, blossoms, and roots
GESTATION: Gestation lasts approximately 203 days (7 months); one offspring
SEXUAL MATURITY: Approximately 1.5-2 years
LIFE SPAN: 10-12 years on average
RANGE: Panama; Andes from Columbia to Argentina and Northwest Brazil
HABITAT: Lives in the trees of the tropical rainforests

1. Porcupines that become alarmed do not shoot their quills. They respond to the stimulus by raising them up similar to the way people respond to the weather by getting goose bumps. The quills of the porcupine are barbed and because they easily fall out when they are raised, it is very difficult for any animal to touch them without getting one embedded in its skin.
2. Prehensile-tailed porcupines are nocturnal animals that have long whiskers on their face and feet that help them feel their way around at night.
3. Prehensile-tailed porcupines are well-adapted for their life in the treetops. They have a strong tail that is used for grasping branches, and large feet with bare soles (like callused pads) that aid in tree climbing.
4. Newborn prehensile-tailed porcupines have red hair and soft spines that will later harden to become stiff quills. The precocial young will climb within days after their birth.

1. Various plant species must have seeds go through the digestive system of an animal in order to propagate. Because prehensile-tailed porcupines are herbivores, they help disperse such seeds.
2. Porcupines are also a possible food source for a few larger animals, such as the jaguar.
3. Loss of habitat due to deforestation is one of the largest threats to this specialized tree-dwelling species.
4. Occasionally, they are eaten by South American Indians and their quills are sometimes used as decoration. In some areas, they are seen as a threat to farms, known to damage crops in search of food.

This photo was taken at a Wild Animal Presentation.


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Great notes & lovely sharp image. I enjoy this shot immensely!


Amazing shot, excellent portrait with great details and light.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-06 1:18]

Hello Manyee,
Voilà une image qui a du piquant ;-) Nice portrait for this cute guy. I like its pose holding its food. Exposure, colors, POV, DOF and sharpness are super. Useful note too...
Bravo mon amie !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-11-06 4:11]

Manyee bonjour, il est beau mais il est plein de puces et il ne peut pas se gratter!! It's too cute this fellow. POV, colors and "Sharpness" are perfect. The littel eye is sparkling!! Well done and congratulations, Didier.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-06 4:49]

Beau portrait de cet animal attachant ! Techniquement très bien réalisé et accompagné d'une note bien documentée. Bravo et merci.

Bellissimo questo primo piano di porcospino!
Dettagli stupendi, bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

Oh so adorable. I'm sure not adorable to hug.. although it looks inviting!
Good capture with great sharpness, POV and DOP. It looks aware of you.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-11-06 6:20]

Hi Manyee,
What a very special great portrait, I Like the POV and the details.

Hello Manyee
Very nice composition,
Beautiful colors and lighting,



Stunning detail with this image,
POV, DOF, really very well done.



Hi Manyee,
Funny guy..
Seems to enjoy things...

Hi Manyee....

What a shot!! moment, detail, sharpness, DoF are just perfect.....
A very attractive and nice image....

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-06 10:30]

Hi Manyee,

A great shot of this sticky one,well captured with good dof,colors,well done and TFS


Hi ManYee,

You do get some very sharp images from that camera. There is so much sharpness in Porcky that I almost want to soften it a little. Maybe it is the contrast that is a little high. There is so much visual action in him that even the blurred background adds to the busyness. I think I would have opted for a less contrasty frame....only MHO of course. (By the way, do you still have that photo of the baby porcupines? It might be fun to share it. Your porcupine looks so prickly that it is hard to imagine babies)


Evelynn : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-06 13:16]

Hello Manyee,
He's really gorgeous, munching away at a banana. You even caught him with his tongue out! Excellent shot, very sharp showing interesting details and excellent lighting.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-06 13:24]

Encantadora escena Manyee con buen punto de vista para mostrar los detalles de este simpático animal con buena agudeza y colorido (aunque el trabajo de Evelynn ha realzado la imagen muy bien).
Me agrada el encuadre que elegiste así como su presentación.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Charming scene Manyee with good point of view to show the details of this likeable animal with good sharpness and colors (although the workshop of Evelynn has enhanced the image very well).
I like the framing that you chose as well as their presentation.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-11-06 13:46]

Hi Manyee

Superb portrait shot, excellent POV and composition with a wonderful pose of the Porcupine enjoying its Banana, I do like its little hands, nice detail and great colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-06 13:48]

Hello Manyee , What a lovely beast a great shot good sharpnes colours details pov his eye and pose with his food very good tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-06 15:31]

This is just wonderful, beautiful image with sharp details, great colours and an excellent POV



Sooooo cute, what's that? Never seen it before - but I love it ;-)
Hi Manyee, your friend is realy lovely eating it's banana.
The face is so nice, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Manyee,
Cute side profile of this well shot prickly portrait. The detail is sharp if you get my point. Looks like it's enjoying a yummy banana. :)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-11-06 20:40]

What a lovely shot Manyee, that guy is so funny ! Sharp and clear as always ! Good work again, thanks.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-11-06 22:25]

Hello Manyee,

Wonderful picture of this porcupine eating what I think is a banana! Details here are awesome!!! And you mastered so well the exposition with all those black and white! You also got a great pov that let you build a very interesting composition! Excellent and TFS,


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-06 22:27]

Hola Manyee.- Exelente y bella foto de este "Cuerpoespin" muy nitida. Tu nota como siempre es muy buena. Luis52.

Hi Manyee

Love this shot. Perfect details, well composed and excellent POV. Top shot! TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-07 4:35]

Hello Manyee,
What a portrait:).I liked POV,moment you caught,sharpness,details,framing and composition a lot.

Hi Manyee,
What a sharp image, I Like the POV and the details.


Amazing shot, excellent portrait with great details and light

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