They are found in Brazil.
They live in the Amazon rainforest, hiding in thick brush near rivers, streams and swamps.
Agoutis are shy rodents. Rodents are a family that gnaw (chew) with 2 pairs of sharp front teeth called incisors. They are small and only weigh up to 10 pounds. They have coarse hair and a rounded body. Their back end has reddish-colored fur.
They are active during the day (diurnal). They do not climb trees. They spend their lives on the ground.
Agoutis eat only plants, like fruits and seeds (herbivores). They bury the leftover seeds for later. Sometimes the seeds grow into new trees. Because of this, agoutis are sometimes called "seed-spreaders.”
Predators that eat them are the jaguar, ocelot, harpy eagle, snakes and even man.
Agoutis only have one mate their whole lives (monogamous). They can have babies at any time of year. Female agoutis are pregnant for 3-months (gestation). They have 2 babies.
They only live about 6 years in the wild. It is not a threatened species.
When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).
When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.
Amsel, Sheri. "Agouti" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2022. December 8, 2022
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/309 >