|Time zone: 5 million years|
paca or agouti, South American rodents
In the Amazon Grassland
Grass stems and tubers, Carakiller eggs
Nothing can penetrate the armored back
S - Vibrabitrursus campus
G - Vibrabitrursus
F - Pacidae
O - Rodentia
C - Mammalia
P - Chordata
K - Animalia
The rattleback gets its name from the rattling sound it makes as it shakes the hard plates on its back.
The plates act as a flameproof suit, protecting the rattleback from the fire. When a bushfire blazes through the grasslands, the rattleback simply flattens itself to the ground, allowing the flames to sweep overhead.
They can pull special scales over their eyes to protect them when digging.
The rattleback is an opportunistic feeder. Its diet consists mainly of grass stems and buried tubers, which it digs out using its large front feet and strong claws.
Not known, but possibly similar to human-era rodents.