The Crested Porcupine, also known as the European Porcupine, African Porcupine, or North African crested porcupine, is a member of the Old World porcupine family. It is a nocturnal rodent that lives on the ground and is found from Sicily, Italy, the northern coast of Africa south to Tanzania and northern Congo. It is tolerant of a range of habitats including mountains, deserts, and forests.

The Crested Porcupine grows 60-83 cm long with a tail 8-17 cm long and weighs 13-27 kg. It is covered in quills. It can live up to 21 years in captivity.

The porcupine uses its tail as a form of defence. The small spines can deter predators.