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 red-rumped agouti

Scientific name: Dasyprocta leporina

Habitat: forest

Diet: fruits and nuts

Life span: up to 18 years in captivity

Young: 1-2 young, occasionally 3 or 4

Size: 3.0-5.9 kg (6.6-13 lbs)

The red-rumped agouti is a rodent with teeth strong enough to crack open a Brazil nut. When food is plentiful they bury it in caches to eat when food is scarce, making them important for seed dispersal in the forest.

Agoutis mate for life. Their young are born fully developed and are able to run within hours after birth.

Agoutis can jump as high as 1.8 m (6 ft) from a sitting position, enabling them to evade predators such as coatimundis and ocelots.

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Red-rumped agouti on Animal Diversity Web


Range: northern South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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