Brazilian agouti


Red, orange or golden-rumped or Brazilian agouti

Dasyprocta leporina

NH.1933.42

The long-legged rodents collect and bury seeds to eat later. They even bury those of types they don’t eat. They help spread Brazil nut trees, whose seeds few animals can open and those with nasty tasting seeds, which other animals won’t touch.

Where and how they live: South America mainland and several Caribbean islands. They can survive in a wide variety of habitats including forests, shrub, grassland and even sub-urban areas.

What they eat: Nuts and seeds

Are they endangered? They are hunted for meat and as pets but they are very fast and not easy to catch. They are not currently endangered. 

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