Cachorro do mato Female Skull measures 5.1 inches. Cachorro do mato Female Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Bush Dog or Cachorro do mato is a canid found in Central and South America. In spite of its extensive range, it is very rare in most areas except in Suriname, Guyana and Peru.
Adult bush dogs have soft long brownish-tan fur, with a lighter reddish tinge on the head, neck and back and a bushy tail, while the underside is dark, sometimes with a lighter throat patch.
Bush dogs are carnivores and hunt during the day. Their typical prey are pacas, agoutis, acouchis and capybaras, all large rodents.
Although they can hunt alone, bush dogs are usually found in small packs. The dogs can bring down much larger prey, including peccaries and rheas, and a pack of six dogs has even been reported hunting a 550 lb. tapir, where they trailed the animal and nipped at its legs until it was felled. When hunting paca, part of the pack chases it on land and part wait for it in the water, where it often retreats.
Bush dogs or Cachorro do mato appear to be the most gregarious South American canid species. They use hollow logs and cavities such as armadillo burrows for shelter.
Packs consist of a single mated pair and their immediate relations, and have a home range of 1.5 to 3.9 sq mi.
Only the adult pair breed, while the other members of the pack are subordinate, and help with rearing and guarding any pups.
Packmates keep in contact with frequent whines, perhaps because visibility is poor in the undergrowth where they typically hunt.
While eating large prey, parents position themselves at either ends of the animal, making it easier for the pups to disembowel it.