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Cuniculidae - Pacas

paca

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Rodentia
 Family: Cuniculidae

spotted pacaThere are two species of large rodents in this family.

Pacas are found in the forests in Central and South America and weigh around 20 pounds. They have reddish-brown fur with rows of white spots.

They have very, very small tails; large heads; cheek pouches; and small, round ears. Their hind legs are longer than their front legs. They have three clawed toes on their rear feet and four clawed toes on their front feet.

Pacas use their clawed feet to dig burrows in stream and pond banks, at the base of trees, or among the rocks. Their burrows have more than one entrance. Pacas eat fruits, nuts, seeds, and plants. They are good swimmers. Pacas live alone or in pairs.


World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   Spotted Paca- Cuniculus paca Least Concern North America south america image More Info

Other Species Around the World

Mountain Paca - Cuniculus taczanowskii Near Threatened south america More Info    

Additional Information

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Mountain Paca - Cuniculus taczanowskii Photos Near Threatened south america
The mountain paca is found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Mountain Paca - Cuniculus taczanowskii profile Photos Near Threatened south america
The mountain paca lives near rivers or swampy areas in dense forest thickets.
Source:
Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Spotted Paca - Cuniculus paca profile Photos Least Concern North America south america
The spotted paca is also known as the lowland paca. It is found in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes