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Featured Animals

 Agouti

(Dasyprocta leporina)

This rodent can be found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, Brazil, The Lesser Antilles and Trinidad and Tobago. It inhabits a variety of forests and can even be found in gardens and crop fields.

This small mammal weighs about 3 to 6 kg and is about 48 to 63 cm in length.

This species have no distinct breeding season. The females generally give birth to about 1 to 3 offspring called pups.

An agouti diet consists mainly of fallen fruit, leaves and roots. This animal possesses 4 toes on the front feet and 3 toes on the back!

 

 

Giant Otter

(Pteronura brasiliensis)

The giant otter is a diurnal South American mammal which inhabits freshwater streams, rivers, lakes and springs. Family groups generally support 3 to 8 members.

Male giant otters are between 4.9 and 5.6 ft in length and weigh up to 100 lbs while females are between 3.3 and 4.9 ft in length and weigh up to 57 lbs.

Females produce an average of 2 pups per litter during the dry season. Females give birth in holes which are dug into river banks called dens.

The giant otter is considered the noisiest otter species with very distinct vocalizations. Their diet is comprises mainly of fish but crabs are occasionally consumed.

 

 

Red-Footed Tortoise

(Geochelone carbonaria)

The Red-footed Tortoise or Antillean Tortoise is named after red or orange scales on its limbs, tail and head. It can be found in savannas and forest habitats of South America and in many Caribbean islands including Trinidad.


This species of tortoise can reach up to 10 to 14 inches in carapace length, with males having a longer carapace than females.


In the wild, Red-footed Tortoises lays eggs between July and September. However, in captivity they are capable of producing eggs throughout the year. 5 to 15 eggs are produced per clutch.


Red-footed Tortoises are omnivorous eating foods including fruits, vegetables, fish and insects. This reptile can live up to 50 years!



 

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