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Red-rumped Agouti - Dasyprocta leporina
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Red-rumped Agouti - Dasyprocta leporina

[Image: Red-rumped_Agouti_%2817380318590%29.jpg]

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

Description: Red-rumped agoutis weigh about 3 to 6 kilograms (6.6 to 13.2 lb). They are about 19 to 25 inches (48 to 64 cm) long. In this species the females are larger than males but otherwise look similar. They are brownish with darker spots on the upper body. The fur becomes more orange as it goes past (going down) the middle area of the animal. The ears are somewhat square in shape. The front feet have 4 toes and the back have 3. They can be distinguished from other agoutis by their distinct coloring.

Distribution: It lives in the forests of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and the Lesser Antilles. It has also been introduced in the Virgin Islands

[Image: Dasyprocta_leporina_distribution.svg]

Diet and behavior: They need to feed a territory of 3 to 8 hectares, which they defend as a couple. They eat fruits, seeds, herbs, shoots and tubers. Their habits are preferentially diurnal. They dig burrows up to 60 cm deep with several chambers and galleries. deep and cover them with branches and leaves.

Reproduction: Its gestation period lasts 104 days and are born, in each birth, between 1 to 3 offspring.

[Image: Captive_Red-rumped_Agouti%2C_Madison%2C_WI.jpg]
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