Named after the Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara, Azara’s Agouti are large rodents found throughout Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
Agoutis are also rodents. They spend a lot of time hiding from predators in the rainforest. If a predator such as a jaguar approaches they may freeze, make an alarm call or raise the long hairs on its rump to scare the enemy away.
Azara’s Agoutis diet mainly consists of nuts, fruits and plant material and are though to be the only mammal that can open a brazil nut due to their exceptionally sharp teeth.
Agoutis are known as jungle gardeners because they often bury nuts and seeds, then forget where they put them, aiding plants and trees to grow. Azara’s Agoutis have a gestation period of around 90 days, typically 2-4 young are born in a burrow and will stay with their mother until they can fend for themselves to go and live a solitary lifestyle.
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