Pacaranas inhabit forested mountain slopes and valleys of rainforests in the Andes mountains, from 800 to 6,600 ft (240 to 2,000 m) above sea level. According to the classification of

A pacarana (Dinomys brenickii) basking in the sun on the lower slopes of the Andes Mountains. (Photo by Francisco Erize. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
Little is known about pacaranas (Dinomys branickii) in the wild. (Photo by Zoological Society of San Diego. Reproduced by permission.)

World Wildlife Fund Global 200 Terrestrial Ecoregions, pacaranas are found in Bolivian Yungas, Southwest Amazon moist forests, Venezuelan Andes montane forests, and Magdalena Valley montane forests.

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