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Dormouse-the-swamp

Myocastor coypus

Description:

The Dormouse-the-swamp is a large rodent of the family of miocastorídeos, found in southern South America. Reddish-brown coat, long tail and thick, covered with scales and hair thinning, living in marshes, ponds and rivers. Also known by the names of Caxingui, nutria Perez Mouse waterline. Sleep during the day. It feeds on grass, roots and aquatic plants and herbs, tubers, leaves, grains, meat and fish. The male cares for the pups at birth, protecting and nurturing female to recover.

Habitat:

Found in South America in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. In Brazil, the South Region of São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul can be found along rivers Tietê and Pinheiros, in Sao Paulo.


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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Nice spotting! Also known as coypu.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

I like Perez Mouse nice spotting!

Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil

Lat: -25.43, Long: -49.32

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012

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