The Azara’s Agouti (Dasyprocta azarae) is a rodent mammal.
The Azara’s Agouti is a stout brown-furred animal, with a russet-yellow rump. It has pink ears and a pink nose with a white chin. It has dark eyes. Its front feet are grey-black with four toes, and its back feet have three toes. It has a small tail.
It grows to 48-64 centimetres (19-25 inches) long.
The Azara’s Agouti is native to South America, in countries such as Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. It prefers rainforests.
It eats nuts. It eats like a squirrel. It sits on its back legs and holds the nuts in its front legs. It also eats fruit, vegetables, and insects.
It is crepuscular – active at dawn and dusk.
The Azara’s Agouti lives in pairs or small family groups. It mates for life. Females have 1-4 young, after a pregnancy of 104-120 days. The young become independent after about 5 months.
The Azara’s Agouti lives for about 15-20 years in captivity.
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