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Brazilian Agouti

(engl: Orange-rumped Agouti)

What is an Orange-rumped Agouti?

Orange-rumped Agoutis are larger relatives of the well-known Guinea Pigs and inhabit the rainforests of northeastern South America. Because of their tasty flesh, they are often hunted by humans. Agoutis are diurnal, but also become nocturnal when they are being hunted.

Gardeners of the rainforest

When foraging for food, agoutis roam the undergrowth. They dig holes to store their food for emergencies.The fruits and seeds stored in these underground pantries contribute significantly to the distribution of many primeval tree species.

Verbreitungsgebiet: Goldaguti
Verbreitungsgebiet: Goldaguti
Wissenschaftl. Name Dasyprocta leporina
Ordnung Rodents
Familie Agoutis
Größe Kopf-Rumpf bis 60 cm
Gewicht bis 4 kg
Fortpflanzung Tragzeit 115 Tage, 1-3 Jungtiere
Verbreitung northeastern South America
Lebensraum forest ground
Nahrung Leaves, Fruits, Seeds
Bestand not endangered