| Central American Agoutis mate for life and tend to stick to the territory they have chosen, so it can be easy for hunters with dogs to track them. They are diurnal, and sleep in hollow logs or tangles of vines. Newborns follow their mother to a small nest hole, so small that the mother cannot enter it. The youngsters stay in it except when she calls them to nurse at the entrance. In a few weeks, when they outgrow it, they are moved to a larger hole. Eventually they follow their mother around, and by 4 or 5 months they are independent. Agoutis eat seeds, fruits, and other plant matter, and sometimes fungi. If seeds are plentiful they bury some for later use, which helps spread plants throughout the forest. On plantations and in gardens they are considered pests, and some find them desirable as a source of meat.
Head and Body: 450-570 mm; Tail: 20-40 mm
Gray, J. E., 1842. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, ser. 1, 10:264.
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