How to Draw a Paca

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Paca in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Paca.

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How to Draw a Paca - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start with the head of the Paca. Draw a round cone, but leave it open on one end for the neck and the rest of the body. Draw a tiny nose on the front of the head, like a hamster's.

Step 2: Next, add a small almond shape for the eye and two small circles on top for the ears, which are high up on the head. Pacas have small eyes and ears and usually only come out at night.

Step 3: Draw the body with two long round lines, leaving two open spaces for the legs. A Paca's body is plump and has a very small tail.

Step 4: To draw the first front leg, draw two lines straight down and then bend it at the end to make the foot. Make sure to add the small claws. These help the Paca dig it's burrow deep in the ground.

Step 5: Add the second leg behind the first and connect it to the belly.

Step 6: The hind legs are a bit bigger than the front legs, because Pacas are great swimmers and actually prefer to be around water.

Step 7: Now add the second hind leg. It almost looks like the letter "L", doesn't it? Don't forget the small claws! Great job! Now to color your Paca, draw two lines of spots down the length of the body almost like a deer, and don't forget they are furry, too!

Interesting Facts about the Paca

The paca is a type of large rodent that can be found in South and Central America. These creatures are usually easy to spot because of the unique pattern of dots and stripes that are along the sides of their bodies, and have tails that are so short you can barely even notice them!

Did you know?

  • Pacas are nocturnal which means that they are mostly active during the night instead of the day.
  • When trying to defend themselves against a predator, the paca will make a lot of loud vocal sounds that sound like roaring and forcibly grind their teeth
  • When the paca is trying to find a place to eat, they will try to find the darkest place possible
  • The paca is really great at staying perfectly still, so they when they encounter a threat they are able to quickly jump away and then hide while staying still, instead of running
  • The favorite things that a paca likes to eat are fruits, nuts and seeds but depending on the time of year will also sometimes eat plants
  • An adult male paca will normally grow to be between 60 to 80 cm in length, with their tail only being 2cm long