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Brazilian Agoutis, or Dasyprocta leporina, weigh about 3 to 6 kilograms (6.6 to 13 lb). They are about 19 to 25 inches (48 to 63 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
It lives in a wide varietiy of habitats with water, dense plant growth, which may include gardens and on crop fields. It is often found in the rainforests, or other forests of Brazil and northward.
Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Apr 8, 2012