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Dasyprocta sp


a very adorable rodent .I found this one eating a cashew nut fruit.In the wild, they are shy animals and flee from humans, while in captivity they may become trusting. In Trinidad, they are renowned for being very fast runners, able to keep hunting dogs occupied with chasing them for hours,When feeding, agoutis sit on their hind legs and hold food between their fore paws. They may gather in groups of up to 100 to feed. They eat fallen fruit, leaves and roots, although they may sometimes climb trees to eat green fruit. They will hoard food in small, buried stores. In a pinch, they have also been seen eating the eggs of ground-nesting birds and even shellfish on the seashore. Sometimes, they can cause damage to sugarcane and banana plantations. They are regarded as one of the few species (along with macaws) that can open Brazil nuts without tools, mainly thanks to their strength and exceptionally sharp teeth. In southern Brazil, their main source of energy is the nut of Araucaria angustifolia.


Seen in Costa Rica Agoutis are found in forested and wooded areas in Central and South America. Their habitats include rainforests, savannas and, nowadays, cultivated fields, depending on the species. They conceal themselves at night in hollow tree trunks or in burrows among roots. Active and graceful in their movements, their pace is either a kind of trot or a series of springs following one another so rapidly as to look like a gallop. They take readily to water, in which they swim well.

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Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Hi Isabela, Agoutis and Coaties can be seen occasionally, around cashew trees . I am actually surprised that you did not see one .Mot Mots are common to.t I regret not getting a picture.

Isabela 5 years ago

Great shot! I didn't have the chance of spotting one of these.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Thank you for all the likes.These are adorable!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Thanks Dr Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Nice photos!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Thank you so much ,Jim :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 5 years ago

Well done, Hema!

maplemoth662 5 years ago

Your welcome, Hema Shah....

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Thanks Maple Moth :)

maplemoth662 5 years ago

🐿🐿 Cute....

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

Thnx Brian! you would have to go to Costa Rica!

Brian38 5 years ago

Awesome spotting! Never seen one before.

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Provincia Cartago, Costa Rica

Spotted on Sep 2, 2018
Submitted on Sep 2, 2018

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