Central and South America
tropical and dry forests
3 month long gestation, up to 4 young can be born, but usually 2. Well-developed when born, can see ant birth and can run after 1 hour.
There are 13 different species of agoutis. They are the only animal that can open the Brazilian nut shells, and are important seed dispersers. They usually sit erect to eat, and hold their food in their hands. Their genus name, Dasyprocta is Greek for "fuzzy butt." The name Agouti comes from a term refering to their hair color pattern. This hair pattern is dark brown to black hairs with ligher colored tips. There are other mammals that have agouti hair color. When food is abundant, they carefully bury surplus for harder times.