Brush Tailed Porcupine (Atherurus Africanus/Macrourus) -
There are two species of porcupine within the genus, Atherurus. The African brush tailed and the Asiatic brush tailed. Brush tailed porcupines are nocturnal and typically live in the higher, forested areas of their respective regions. They live and sleep underground or in rocky caves.
Unlike other types of porcupine, these are smaller and more rat-like. Their size and quills which are shorter and lighter, allow for quicker movement. At the end of their ~8 inch tails, there is a brush like group of small, thin quills. They use this as a rattle and stomp their feet to intimidate predators. If the attacker remains, the porcupine will raise their quills to enhance size, and back up quills first into the predator.
Asiatic porcupines will live with about 3 members per burrow, and African porcupine families can be about 8. All members of the group help raise the porcupettes.
They are often poached and sold for meat.