Today I want to write about a really cool looking animal, the Central American agouti.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little rodents grow to about 60 cm long.
- Central American agoutis are one of the very few animals in the world that have teeth sharp enough to bite through a Brazil nut seed pod. They also help to plant Brazil nut trees as they sometimes bury the seeds to eat later and forget where they planted them.
- They forage for food during the day, feeding on fruit, seeds and nuts using their paws to hold their food while they eat.
- They live in pairs and mate for life. During courtship the male sprays the female with wee, which she seems to like which is weird. They give birth to 2 babies per breeding season. The babies are raised in a den and can run within an hour of being born.
- Central American agoutis are very common and can be found in forests near water from Mexico down to Argentina. They have also been introduced to Cuba and the Cayman Islands.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Central American agoutis?