Native to Central and South America, this medium-sized herbivorous rodent mainly feeds on fruits and nuts. It is known to inhabit tropical and subtropical forests, as well as agricultural areas. Unlike other agoutis who are mainly nocturnal, they mostly forage during the day, feeding and burying Brazil nuts. Additionally, they favor living in clearings instead of dense forests.
Due to its population’s stability and widespread throughout its range, it is currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. As they are being hunted for meat and preferred as game species, it is essential that conservation efforts continue to be implemented in order to ensure the species long-term survival.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No