Dinomyidae – Pacarana

The pacaranas -rare nocturnal rodents that are found only in the tropical forests of the western Amazon River basin

Pacaranas are nocturnal creatures that spend the day dozing off in dens or caverns at the base of trees or between rocks. The majority of their time is spent on the forest floor; however, they are excellent climbers. They become sociable when kept in captivity and interact with humans. However, captive populations rarely generate offspring.

When they want to say something, they’ll stamp their forepaws, clatter their teeth, and make a wide range of whimpers, whines, and hisses. Deforestation poses a serious threat to pacaranas. The population has taken a hit due to the ongoing destruction of its habitat. Dark brown in color, their backs are marked with rows of light and dark brown stripes and dots.