Pictures of Agoutis (Brazilian and St. Vincent)
Brazilian Agouti and St. Vincent Agouti pictures (Dasyprocta leporina and Dasyprocta leporina aguti).
The agouti is a roden found from Southern Mexico to Northern Argentina. It lives in sheltered spots under tree roots or it burrows under rocks.
The agouti eats all forest fruit, but its favorite is the Brazil nut. It pries open the shell with its sharp teeth--something people couldn't do. It holds its food in its forepaws to eat. It has very strong jaws.
The agouti's long legs are built for running and jumping fast. They can jump up to 6.5 feet in the air, and can walk, trot, and gallop.
Agouti's have an unusual mating habit--the male sprays urine on a female, causing her to dance wildly. A few sprays and dances later, and she is ready to mate.
I'm not sure what the difference is between the St. Vincent Agouti (as the New Orleans Audubon zoo had it labelled) and the Brazilian Agouti (as the Buffalo Zoo had it labelled). The St. Vincent aguti had a sub-species, so perhaps they're different sub-species within a single species.