All of this contributes to a remarkable 90 percent success rate in female porcupine reproduction. Thus instead of force, the male porcupine must use persuasion. To make matters … You see, the biggest holdup to porcupine reproduction is location. This mating call attracts males, which then fight brutally with each other. Porcupines are very vocal during mating season. Humans are most likely to hear porcupine noises if the animal feels threatened. People are excited about animals and science and bizarre penises—well, penises are an easy sell—but it’s also sort of weird that we may know more about yeti crabs, honey badgers, and blue dragon sea slugs than we do about some of the beasties in our own backyards. Kelly, you’ve got a better shot at explaining this one than explaining echoes—but when other myomorph rodents like mice and rats piddle on their mates, we know male pheromones induce estrus in the females. Seals rape. Additionally, it helps prevent other males from having a chance at fertilization. You’ve run out of free articles. In fact, the porcupine is so well-respected, it wanders the forest day or night without much hurry or fear. At this point, many male animals would simply mount the female whether she was interested or not. One of the olfactory signals porcupines … Running and fighting tend to be pretty unromantic. Which means you need not run for the hills if you see one. My friends, porcupines are rape-proof. First the the “hog” fight, next the raccoon scuffle, now the porcupine squeals…can’t wait to see/hear what’s next. (Sounds like marriage.) Mating can take place in a variety of settings, varying from tree tops to the forest floor. If the strategy works and the female is ready, she’ll lift her tail and allow the male to mount. For a male porcupine intent on winning his mate, success requires … During mating season, both males and females make these sounds, along with wails, shrieks, and siren … And while I don’t claim to know what goes on in a rhinoceros’ brain, I think you could probably define sentience as having a major problem with all of that. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. Either way, the musk-shake brings all the boys to the yard, and once they are there, it’s a brawl for dominance. "It´s not unusual to see a winning, mating male with a hundred or so quills of rival males´ tails stuck in his face," says Sweitzer. And when the female is ready to mate, she has just an 8- to 12-hour window of fertility to work with. He first climbs the female’s tree and stands watch from a lower branch until the time is right. Did I mention porcupine testes seem to be of the Go-Go Gadget variety? And that’s great! It’s true, the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is equipped with something like 30,000 needle-sharp back daggers, and many of them stand between the female’s hoo-ha and the next generation of prickly progeny. They will be very aggressive because only the males that are strong and powerful are going to get a female to mate with.The male will dance for the female and then urinate on her to get her attention. In such a situation, the porcupine will clack its teeth before straightening its quills in a defensive posture and swatting its tail. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. (Yes, porcupines climb mother-cussing trees! Sounds include moans, grunts, coughs, wails, whines, shrieks, and tooth clicking. Even dolphins, animals of respected intelligence and the default subject of chick tattoos, gang rape. Enter and space open menus and escape closes them as well. Navigate to homepage. The prehensile-tailed porcupines or coendous (genus Coendou) are found in Central and South America. This mass of starchy, bluish-white material is called a vaginal plug or mating plug. This means the fellas need to come from distant territories to find, win, woo, and mount her if they are to pass on their genes. But not without raping them first. Male porcupines are horny. In humans, we call this rape. The site navigation utilizes arrow, enter, escape, and space bar key commands. The screaming porcupine is a female letting an ardent male know she’s not in the mood. Rodents make up about 40% of all the mammal species on Earth. Though we don’t know whether it’s lucky for the lady porcupine. They first begin their ludicrous lovemaking with some nose rubbing. During the mating season, the female porcupine will initiate close contact with the male. Porcupines mate in a very bizarre way. “It’s not like a boy peeing,” says Roze. Though the male can’t force the female to have sex with him, he does have one move that might help get her in the mood. You may choose from the sounds … Males often fight over females. (Return to the corrected sentence.). However, given their plumbing, a berth of at least 7 feet seems like the way to go. All rights reserved. No proper Internet dialogue about animal sex should conclude without a graphic description of a penis—and lucky for you, the porcupine penis is covered in tiny spines! Water striders coerce sex by threatening to call in predators if the females don’t submit. The North American porcupine is found in New England, the upper Midwest and western United States and most of Canada. If the female accepts the nose rubbing and, after the initial nose rubbing test, the female is still keen on the male, the male will then stand on its hind legs and the female allows him to urinate all over her body (kinky). Some of the quills bore signs of bite marks, showing that porcupines are practiced in removing rivals’ quills from their own skin after such skirmishes. Porcupines generally have two methods for handling relationships: withdrawal and attack. During mating season, both males and females make these sounds, along with wails, shrieks, and siren-like screaming. Other noises include wails and shrieks. In forests across Canada and the United States, a peculiar mating ritual takes place each fall. As the season progressed she sought and accepted more frequent tactile stimulation (presumably from the human investigators). Porcupines whine, moan and grunt, and also engage in battle chatter, a strident sound made by clicking their teeth. This rescued porcupine is named Kemosabe and he’s quite the chatterbox! Uldis Roze knows these battles by their aftermath: “a storm of loose quills.” Roze has 35 years of experience working with these creatures and is widely regarded as the Porcupine King. But porcupines? The males can also vocalize to keep other males out of a given area. Some porcupine sounds at night may be similar to a bird's caw. It may assist in reproduction by trapping semen within or dissipating to release more spermatozoa. Even though they are physically slow, they are intelligent and able to learn … That mess of quills is equally effective against its own kind. You can cancel anytime. Eventually, it all works out and the two enjoy about one to five minutes of delicate procreation. Poop. Seven months after mating the female gives birth to a single baby. Box 170 1186 Acadia Highway East Orland, Maine 04431 89.9 Blue Hill • 99.9 Bangor We are living in the Golden Age of Internet Animalia. In July/August, as the mating season approached, the female porcupine would often rub her genitals on structures such as food and water dishes, sticks, and the cage wire. They are interested in mating for only about 8-12 hours the entire year. The male rests his hands on her tail’s quill-less underside or simply allows them to go limp at his sides. Two other formerly recognized Neotropical tree porcupine genera, Echinoprocta and Sphiggurus, have been subsumed into Coendou, since Sphiggurus was shown by genetic studies to be polyphyletic, while Echinoprocta … Few animals are clever enough to successfully hunt porcupines, though mountain lions, fishers, and Chevy Impalas have the most success. Many of the sounds in our library are the only known recordings of that animal. Porcupines whine, moan and grunt, and also engage in battle chatter, a strident sound made by clicking their teeth. Very, very horny. It has come to my attention that the primary mating ritual between porcupines involves the male urinating on the female. Porcupines mate in late summer and early fall. All of the sounds in our library are studio-grade quality. 3. Porcupines cannot “shoot” their quills, but the quills come out quite easily on … At least their quills are coated with antibacterial fatty acids that seem to protect against infection after self-impalement.). During this short interval of time, usually in November-December, the female will accept the golden shower from the male. Some porcupine sounds at night may be similar to a bird's caw. During the porcupine mating season, people may also hear a host of sounds including whining, moaning, and grunting. I mean rape-proof like the anti-rape condom. A mouth full of these painful pins has caused many an animal to starve to death. The Internet calls it a golden shower.*. Females assist in this process before they come into estrus by lacing the air with a pungent perfume—a come-hither scent created by a combination of vaginal mucous and urine that not even Brad Pitt could make appealing. When property owners hear porcupine noises or notice other signs of their presence, the quickest route to safe exclusion and removal is contacting Critter Control. Tab will move on to the next part of the site rather than go through menu items. “It’s more like an ejaculation, and it’s definitely the strangest part of porcupine courting.”, We don’t know for sure what the pissing is all about—R. While it appears true that females are much more receptive to being stroked and touched during the mating season than during any other … Remembering the once-a-year, 12-hour-window of fertility, it’s all the more amazing that the typical female will be pregnant or lactating for 11 months a year—every year—for much of her life. It's no surprise then that they have a hard time finding love. (Porcupines can live 20 to 30 years, though the females do eventually experience menopause and bow out of the reproduction role.). Alas, science has yet to reveal to us whether any of these tiny tines induce orgasm, direct semen, help the penis stay inserted, or simply look badass, but we can at least agree they give whole new meaning to the euphemism “prick.”. When dominant male elephants are poached or culled out of the social hierarchy, adolescent males develop strange, violent behaviors, like wantonly murdering rhinoceroses. Porcupines’ back, sides, and tail are covered with thousands of stiff, needle-like, finely barbed hairs (quills) for defense. Late summer and early fall are the mating times for the Porcupine. Slate relies on advertising to support our journalism. Unfortunately, being the second-largest rodent in North America, porcupines also fall out of trees quite a bit. We have only seen a porcupine once, in a provincial park in Nova Scotia (Kejemakujik) more than 20 years ago. The waiting game is now on. They will part afte… © Copyright Critter Control. Damage caused by porcupines is mainly confined to stripping bark and leaves from plants. Porcupines must make contact to impale. Other noises include wails and shrieks. The male porcupine rears up on his hind legs, walks toward the female with a fully erect penis, and proceeds to soak her in urine with a spray forceful enough to shoot 6 feet. Porcupines have a reputation as tough customers because of their sharp quills. 4. People may notice several porcupine sounds when the animals are nearby. None of this is to minimize the crime of rape in humans. These days, it’s difficult to roll out of bed without being hit in the face with a four-headed echidna penis. However, curious dogs might get a muzzle full of quills, which are painful and can become infected if not removed promptly. You’d never guess they could sound so adorable. – Source. Related Videos. In forests across Canada and the United States, a peculiar mating ritual takes place each fall. Here’s the thing about female porcupines. All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Porcupine Quills are dangerous to dogs because once they make contact with the skin, the quills can migrate further in and cause internal damage. Scale that up to a 35-pound porcupine, and that's a lot of crap. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Photo by John Pitcher/iStockphoto/Thinkstock. They are very vocal during mating season and during attacks. During the porcupine mating season, people may also hear a host of sounds including whining, moaning, and grunting. A porcupine’s main defense against predators consists of keeping its backside to a predator. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. Community Radio WERU FM P.O. A baby porcupine is called a porcupette. (He also has a delightful new book available—guess what it’s about!) Once a male has won access to his ladyfriend, the right to mate is his to lose. Male bedbugs stab the females with their penis and then leave it there. Porcupines make a variety of vocalizations, some which can be heard at considerable distance.