| Agoutis have slim legs, naked ears, and hoof-like claws. They forage by day, eating fruit, soft seeds, and new plant growth. Their young - often one, but sometimes twins - are born fully-developed, with their eyes open, and follow their mother about soon after birth. Adults are usually seen alone, but sometimes paired with the mate who shares their territory. If they are startled, they vocalize with sharp barks and stamp their feet and then run for cover. They are hunted for meat.
Head and Body: 446-557 mm; Tail: 20-30 mm
Saussure, M.H., 1860. Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, ser. 2, 12:53.
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