Agoutis are widespread throughout South America and have adapted to live in dry deserts and tropical rainforests. They are very quick runners and also comfortable swimming in rivers, lakes, and flooded forests.
Agoustis have some of the strongest, sharpest teeth and jaws in the rainforest. They are only one of two animals that can successfully break into a Brazil nut (the other is a capuchin monkey, but they use a stone like a tool!).
Agoutis are naturally diurnal, or active during the day. Sleeping in burrows or hollowed out logs give the agouti protection from predators. Agoutis eat nuts, fruits, and small leaves. Their heads actually point down toward the ground, making it easier to find food.
For further exploration, check out the following web sites.
The Honolulu Zoo's Agouti Page http://www.honoluluzoo.org/agouti.htm
Wellington Zoo's Agouti Profile http://www.wellingtonzoo.com/animals/animals/mammals/agouti.html
Fresno Chaffe's Zoo Agouti Page http://www.fresnochaffeezoo.com/animals/agouti.html
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