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Agoutis play an important role in seed dispersal (e.g. of Brazil nut trees) by caching food reserves. When feeding agoutis sit on their hind legs, holding their food with their front paws.
They are not diggers and therefore use the abandoned burrows of other species such as armadillos.

Characteristics

ClassificationOrder: rodents; family: Dasyproctidae (agoutis and acouchis)
DietFruits, leaves, buds, young shoots, nuts
HabitatSavanna woodland and tropical savanna
ReproductionAll year round; gestation period: ca. 105 days, mostly 1–2 young

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.