The crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) is a species of rodent extant only in Italy and Northern Africa. 60-80 cm long, is recognizable by a dark bristled coat and a white “collar” which runs along the throat and, most of all, by long quills marked with light and dark bands. It digs out its own hole with strong clawed stubby forepaws.
The porcupine lives in glades and undergrowth. It mostly eats roots, bulbs, bark and fruit, but also small invertebrates. It gives birth to 1-3 cubs. It is the symbol of the Nature Reserve Badlands of Atri.