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Agoutis are forest dwelling rodents that are mainly found in the rainforests of Central and South America. An oily substance covers the coarse hair on their body. Their hearing ability is sharp and they can hear sounds from a distance. Agoutis are active looking for food during the day . They are omnivorous animals and they like to eat fruits, nuts and seeds. Agouti live in groups.
When feeding, agoutis sit on their hind legs and hold the food between their forepaws. They feed on fruits and other parts of plants. Sometimes they may become harmful to plantations of sugarcane and bananas. The habitat includes rainforests, savannas and nowadays cultivated fields, depending on the species. They conceal themselves during the 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.