Last night i had an encouter with a couple of porcospina travelling together along the country road that leads to our house. Is stopped with them in my headlights and got out to observe them. They seemed unconcerned and continued on their way until wandered out of the headlights beam and into the darnkness. Has anyone else had any close encounters with them I've heard they can charge in attack. In Oz i've been known to handle the echindna similar to a Uk hedgehog but these look a lot more spiny and dangerous, not that i am keen to pick one up. This is the second encounter the first was some months back and only a solitary one travelling along a nearby road. Are they as common as the fox, are they in most parts of Italy or your region and do they have any kind of behaviour that would classify it as a pest eating vege gardens etc?