Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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Black Agouti
Black Agouti

Scientific Name: Dasyprocta punctata

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Understory

Fun Facts:

  • Only animal in the rainforest with jaws powerful enough to break open the hard shell of the Brazil nut.
  • An agouti can jump 2m (6.5 feet) vertically.
  • Agoutis bury nuts for times when food is scarce.