Agoutis are associated with primary and secondary forest and scrub. They require some dense vegetation for cover, but often prefer open areas for foraging. Highly adaptable, agoutis are often associated with water, and they frequently display a distinct preference for using stream banks to make burrows.

The brown agouti (Dasyprocta variegata) mates for life. (Photo by © Steve Kaufman/Corbis. Reproduced by permission.)
A green acouchi (Myoprocta acouchy) nursing its young in Costa Rica. (Photo by Mark Newman. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
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