Paca

PakaThe Paca (Agouti paca) is a solitary, nocturnal animal which can be found from Mexico to Paraguay. It lives in the rainforests near water and can dig burrows that can be two meters in length, with usually one exit, and Pacas have usually more than one burrow. To escape danger, Pacas usually flee to the water, they are good swimmers. Pacas have three to five spots on the sides of their bodies and can weigh between 6 and 12 kilos. They use their urine and anal glands to mark their territories. The Paca is considered a pest by the formers as they eat their food crops like yams, cassavas, sugar canes and corns. While they are not endangered, their numbers decline due to habitat destruction and hunting.

The Spotted paca is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Paca

Adult weight : 9 kg (19.8 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 16 years

Female maturity :365 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 116 days

Weaning : 78 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 2

Interval between litters : 191 days

Weight at birth : 0.68 kg (1.496 lbs)

Basal metabolic rate : 15 W

Body mass : 9.156 kg (20.1432 lbs)

Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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