Species of the Week: Agouti

This funny creature, with tiny front legs and an enormous rump, makes us laugh every time we see it run.  The Agouti can measure up to 62 cm in length and weigh 4 kg. It is active during the day and feeds on fruit, usually holding it in its front paws as it sits on its hind quarters. It buries excess fruit and plays an important role in seed dispersal. Agoutis mate for life in monagamous pairs which defend a territory of about 2 hectares. They build dens out of hollowed out logs or under roots.Their lifespan is about 13 yrs.

David Nuñez is a photographer and author of a couple of books on the wildlife of the Mexican Caribbean, as well as a founding member of Mexiconservación.

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