A. It can be 7 to 12 inches(18-30 cm) long with a tail 1/2 to 2 inches (1.7-5 cm) long and
weighs 21 to 28 ounces(600-800 g). It has a normal coat and long, thick spines that are
over 1 inch (3 cm) long. They are gray at the bottom to brownish-black on top. The
underbody fur is a yellowish-brown to dark brown in color. They have a set of long
whiskers on either side of their long snout.
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