Patricia Edmonds
Patricia Edmonds
Patricia Edmonds has worked as a writer, editor, co-author, and consultant for more than three decades. At National Geographic, she is senior director of short form editorial content for the magazine. She writes Basic Instincts, a monthly essay about sex in the animal kingdom, as well as other news and feature content for National Geographic print and digital platforms.Source
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Prickly porcupines mate without hurting each other. Here’s how.

Prickly porcupines mate without hurting each other. Here’s how.

Behind every baby porcupine, there’s a reproduction ritual that involves tree fights, urine squirts, and covering quills during copulation. As an observer of the North American porcupine for more than 30 years, Uldis Roze has no idea how many times he has heard this joke. How do porcupines reproduce? Very carefully. That answer is “correct, but not very enlightening,” says Roze, a professor emeritus of biology at New York’s Queens College. In reality, the mating ritual of the quill-covered Erethizon dorsatum is quite elaborate, protracted, and … damp. The species’ annual mating season...

July 2, 2020
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