Azara's agouti

(Dasyprocta azarae)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
South America: Southern Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Argentina

Habitat
humid evergreen forests

Diet
Nuts, fruits, seeds, leaves, grasses

Size
Body length from 40 to 64 cm

Weight
1.3 kg up to 4 kg

Gestation time:
approx. 100 to 120 days

Achievable age
over 15 years

Thinking ahead:
These small rodents love Brazil nuts, which they store underground in case of tough times ahead. Azara’s agoutis are the only rodents that can crack particularly hard nuts.

A treat for the ears:
Azara’s agoutis’ acute sense of hearing helps them to track down tasty treats, as they can hear when fruits and nuts fall from the trees.

Did you know that?

  • The agoutis’ greenish fur is the perfect camouflage in rainforest undergrowth.
  • They have long legs and are excellent sprinters.