Agouti

Agouti

Agouti
Dasyprocta leporina


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Rodentia
FAMILY
Dasyproctidae

Range

Central and South America


Habitat

Tropical and dry forests


Diet

Fallen fruits, nuts, and vegetation

Weight

3 - 6 lbs.

Height

About 1 ft.

Length

16 - 24 in.

Gestation

3 months

Young

Up to 4

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • When food is plentiful they bury excess nuts and fruits for use when food is scarce. This behavior makes them important seed dispersers for many tree species.
  • Agoutis sit on their hind legs to eat, holding the food in their fore feet.
  • They can can jump up more than six feet from a standing position and can swim well.
  • The agouti is the only animal that can crack open the hard outer shell of a Brazil nut.

 

Conservation

Although this species is hunted locally, the population is not facing any major threats.

Least Concern
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