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Central American Agouti
Central American Agouti
A sensitive and fearful inhabitant of the selva.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Rodents
Family: Agutaya
Genus: Agouti
Species: Agouti Central American
General Settings
  • They live in the tropical forests of Central and South America.
  • Body length-about 60cm.
  • Weight – up to 4 kg.
  • The diet of these funny animals includes: flowers, leaves, bark, roots, fallen fruits, seeds and different types of nuts.
  • Life expectancy in captivity is up to 20 years, in the wild much less.

Sometimes it is called incorrectly humpback hare, however, despite the name, agouti is more like a guinea pig, only its limbs are more elongated. 


Social behavior


Agouti are diurnal, but due to hunting they are more active at dusk. They often settle near water bodies. Agouti live in pairs or in small family groups.


Reproduction


As a rule, the female gives birth to babies twice a year. Her pregnancy lasts 40 days, while in one litter there are usually 1—2 sighted and fully formed cubs, which very soon become independent.


Species and people


The method of eating in these rodents is quite typical: sitting on their hind legs, they bring food to their mouth with their forelimbs. Local residents, on occasion, do not refuse to hunt them: the animals are valued for very tender dietary meat.


Interesting Facts


Usually agouti are distrustful of people, but in captivity they are willing to make contact and quickly get used to the owner.

Interestingly, with the help of their sharp incisors and considerable physical strength, the agouti are able to crack strong Brazil nuts.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex