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Azara's Agouti - Dasyprocta azarae
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Azara's Agouti - Dasyprocta azarae

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Scientific classification 
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dasyproctidae
Genus: Dasyprocta
Species: D. azarae

Description: The body is elongated and slender, with a curved profile. The head is large, the eyes large and the ears small and rounded. The extremities are thin, the hind legs longer and more robust than the previous ones; It has 4 fingers on the front legs (the 4th finger is very small) and 3 on the hind legs. The tail is very small, barely visible. The coat is short and hard, longer on the back of the back. The general pattern of coloration is yellowish olive, which by the alternation of several black and yellowish bands in each hair has a mottled appearance. The belly is lighter, whitish, yellowish or pale orange.
Length: 47.5 to 55mm
Weight: 2 to 4 kg


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Distribution and habitat: Central and southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay and northeast Argentina. 
Tropical and subtropical jungles, in areas of thick vegetation and often near bodies of water. Sometimes also in cultivated areas and gardens.

Reproduction: Virtually unknown. It is estimated that, as in other species, gestation lasts about 120 days. At its end and inside a burrow the female gives birth to 2 or 3 pups, which are suckled for about 5 months.

Diet: It basically consumes fruits, seeds and, to a lesser degree, leaves, stems and roots. 
Araucaria angustifolia
Campomanesia xanthocarpa
Chrysophyllum gonocarpum
Citrus aurantium
Enterolobium contorstiilquum
Eugenia pungens
Eugenia pyriflora
Eugenia moraviana
Eugenia uniflora
Euterpe edulis
Gleditsia amorphoides
Jacaratia excelsa
Holocalyx balansae          
Phytolacca dioica

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Behaviour: Little known. It is of diurnal and terrestrial habits. He is an excellent walker, fast runner and also nothing easily. To rest it takes refuge in hollow trunks, between the roots of the trees or in ravines of rivers or streams. It is supposed to live in pairs, in a territory that is defended by the male.
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