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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-01 6:39
Viewed: 1897
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The term common agouti designates several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta. They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles. Some species have also been introduced elsewhere in the West Indies. They are related to guinea pigs and look quite similar, but are larger and have longer legs. The species vary considerably in colour, being brown, reddish, dull orange, greyish or blackish, but typically with lighter underparts. Their bodies are covered with coarse hair which is raised when alarmed. They weigh 2.46 kg and are 44.576 cm in length, with short, hairless tails.

Confusingly, the related pacas were placed by some authorities in a genus called Agouti, though Cuniculus has priority and is the correct term.

Agoutis have five front and three hind toes; the first toe is very small. The tail is very short or nonexistent and hairless. The molar teeth have cylindrical crowns, with several islands and a single lateral fold of enamel. Agoutis may grow to be up to 60 cm in length and 4 kg in weight. Most species are brown on their backs and whitish or buff on their bellies; the fur may have a glossy appearance and then glimmers in an orange colour. Reports differ as to whether they are diurnal or nocturnal animals.

Behaviour and habitats
In the wild, they are shy animals and flee from humans, while in captivity they may become trusting. In Trinidad, they are renowned for being very fast running and able to keep hunting dogs occupied with chasing them for hours.
Agoutis are found in forested and wooded areas in Central and South America. Their habitats include rainforests, savannas and, nowadays, cultivated fields, depending on the species. They conceal themselves at 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.

When feeding, agoutis sit on their hind legs and hold food between their fore paws. They may gather in groups of up to 100 to feed. They eat fallen fruit, leaves and roots, although they may sometimes climb trees to eat green fruit. They will hoard food in small, buried stores. In a pinch, they have also been seen eating the eggs of ground-nesting birds and even shellfish on the seashore. Sometimes, they can cause damage to sugarcane and banana plantations. They are regarded as one of the few species that can open Brazil nuts without tools, mainly thanks to their strength and exceptionally sharp teeth. Macaws are also able to open Brazil nuts without the aid of tools.

Agoutis give birth to litters of two to four young after a gestation period of three months. Some species have two litters a year in May and October, while others breed year round. Young are born into burrows lined with leaves, roots and hair. They are well developed at birth and may be up and eating within an hour. Fathers are barred from the nest while the young are very small, but the parents pair bond for the rest of their lives. They can live for as long as 20 years, a remarkably long time for a rodent.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Mr.
照的清晰 很漂亮的動物
它的皮毛顏色華麗高貴 色澤也很美麗
光線亮麗 整體清楚 眼睛半開 很是有趣味
構圖美麗 謝謝分享

This is a long-legged and rather large rodent from Brazil, Peter. Never thought they could be so big.
The picture illustrates the features that your note describes in the form of this crisp image. Ideal light conditions to take this shot.
Thanks again.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-02-01 7:15]

Hello Peter,
Amazing apparition this Agouti, a kind of mixture of different species. Perfectly taken with best sharpness and with natural colours. Interesting posting for which I thank alot.
Have a nice weekend

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-01 8:24]

Hello Peter,
I have never had the opportunity to see one of these large rodents in the wild, but you have shown it off nicely in this shot. It reminds me a little bit of a Nutria, except for the missing tail and it's legs are much longer. Attractive sleek looking body and beautiful coloring to it's coat. Great shot!!

Ciao Peter, great capture of cute creature, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo peter
super mooie en scherpe foto van deze Agouti
prachtige kleuren zo met het zonnetje er op
Heb ze ook gezien in Costa rica
Ik heb toen het donker was op een lage luchtbrug ong 5meter van de grond gelopen in het bos achter een lodge
Hoorde geritsel op de grond en scheen toen een Agouti paca die heeft witte vlekken
Toen ik vertelde aan een reisleider die daar woonde was hij heel jaloers ,ze waren daar zeldzaam
Hij vertelde dat je als Corstaricaan deze gegeten moest hebben vandaar die zeldzaamheid zeker

groet lou

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful species of this Agouti.I like its walking pose.Great details on body with nice light.Very well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter

Great close-up photo of this large rodent, with fine POV and great DOF,
excellent light, superbly focused with great sharpness and details, TFS


Interesting animal Peter! Great photo as always! Good composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Peter
I had never seen such a beautiful photo of Agouti.
light renders well, the colors and details
Congratulations and thanks for the perfect result.

Hallo Peter
The 1st thing in this image that struck me was the gorgeous sunlight that makes everything about this Agouti so beautifully seen, especially its fur.

Great close capture of this cute animal in a nice pose. It seems to be very cute and looks cuddly, but I have a feeling it can bite if you are in its territory. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture with fine details and very well exposed.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-02-02 10:04]

Perfect capture of this nice rodent, Peter. Great note, too.



Ciao Peter. DOF is perfect. Stunning details. Good mamagement of the light to exalt the colours.


a funny and very interesting animal and a welldone portrait of it.
thanks and regards

Hello Peter,
First thank you for your comment.Hope you are doing well.
This is a very interesting species.Great natural color and details.
Excellent details and sharpness.Nice composition and framing.
Thank you for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-05 6:56]

Hi Peter,great meeting with this curious specie,a very rare guest of TN.You were lucky with the light,the pic is truly perfect,i can count its hair..ehehe...spectacular detail,colors and exposure.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Interesting species.
Well captured. Never seen before.
A perfect side view.
Best wishes,

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