Azara’s agouti are rodents from the order “Rodentia”.
They have speckled dark brown fur and a lighter underbelly. They have five digits on their dextrous forepaws, and only three digits on their hind paws.
Like all rodents, they have prominently large incisors, which are open rooted, meaning they grow continuously, throughout their lives.
Their vocalisation is a soft bark, which they use as an alarm when threatened. Agoutis are known to flee and hide in response to any potential danger.
Like many mammals, from the Amazon basin, they can swim, to avoid threats or to utilise new areas for foraging. Azara’s agouti is diurnal, however, and because of their very shy temperament, they have not been extensively studied in the wild.