Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

Amazon Bamboo Rat
Amazon Bamboo Rat

Scientific Name: Dactylomys dactylinus

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Forest Floor

Fun Facts:

  • Gives a territorial "boop...boop...boop" call during the evening. The call, amplified by the unusually enlarged larynx, is a series of deep-pitched staccato pulses well-adapted to maximum propagation in dense vegetation.
  • Eats young bamboo shoots, leaves, and stems, plus a variety of other plants and fruits, and some insects.
  • Males have a gland in middle of the chest, which imparts a strong musky smell.