5 Interesting Facts About Central American Agoutis

Central American Agouti

This is a Central American agouti looking for some food

Today I want to write about a really cool looking animal, the Central American agouti.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These cute little rodents grow to about 60 cm long.
  2. 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.
  3. They forage for food during the day, feeding on fruit, seeds and nuts using their paws to hold their food while they eat.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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