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Dinomyidae - pacaranas

PacaranaThere is one species in this family. The pacarana is a large rodent found tropical forests in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia in South America.

It weighs 20-30 pounds. It looks like a little like a very large guinea pig! It has a stocky body; a large head; thick, brown fur with rows of white spots; small, rounded ears; powerful legs with sharp claws; and a long, thick tail.

Pacaranas are herbivores. Most of their diet is made up of fruit, leaves, and plant stems. They sit back on their hindquarters and hold their food in their front paws when they are eating. They are nocturnal and slow moving, and they live in crevices!

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

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

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  None

Other Species Around the World

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Pacarana - Dinomys branickii Vulnerable South America  

Additional Information

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Pacarana - Dinomys branickii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Pacaranas communicate by stamping their feet, chattering their teeth, and calling out with a variety of whimpers, whines, hisses, and other vocalizations.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes

Pacarana - Dinomys branickii profile Photos Vulnerable South America
Female pacaranas usually give birth to twins.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle/High School Teacher Section: Yes