Brazilian Agouti

Dasyprocta leporina

The Brazilian Agouti, ''Dasyprocta leporina'', is a South American agouti species from the family Dasyproctidae.

It is found in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Trinidad & Tobago and Brazil.
It has also been introduced to the Lesser Antilles. In Brazil the name for this rodent is "cutia" ].

The Brazilian Agouti is also called the "red-rumped", "orange-rumped", or the "golden-rumped" agouti. It lives in a wide varietiy of habitats with water, dense plant growth, which may include gardens and on crop fields. It is often found in the rainforests, or other forests of Brazil and northward. They usually have territories of about 30000m2 to 85000m2.
Brazilian Agouti  Brazilian Agouti,Dasyprocta leporina

Appearance

Brazilian Agoutis, or ''Dasyprocta leporina,'' weigh about 3 to 6 kilograms . They are about 19 to 25 inches long. In this species the females are larger than males but otherwise look similar. They are brownish with darker spots on the upper body. The fur becomes more orange as it goes past the middle area of the animal. The ears are somewhat square in shape. The front feet have 4 toes and the back have 3. They can be distinguished from other agoutis by their distinct coloring.

These animals have no distinct breeding season, and females generally have about 1 to 3 young. The Brazilian Agouti’s gestation period is 104 to 120 days. On average, it takes 20 weeks for the young to be weaned. They live in pairs or family groups of the parents and little ones. They need large areas for food, breeding, and territory. It is hard to keep the animal in captivity for that reason. Most animals in the family Dasyproctidae mate once or twice, and this is presumed to be true for this species as well. This species lives 15-20 yrs in captivity.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyDasyproctidae
GenusDasyprocta
SpeciesD. leporina