Capybara

Capybara

Capybara
Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Rodentia
FAMILY
Caviidae

Range

Central and South America


Habitat

Dense vegetation surrounding lakes, rivers, swamps, marshes, and ponds


Diet

Mainly grasses and aquatic plants

Weight

80 - 150 lbs.

Height

2 ft. at shoulder

Gestation

5 – 6 months

Young

1 - 7

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Not Listed

Facts

  • The capybara is the world's largest rodent.
  • The capybara's eyes, nostrils and ears are located near the top of the head, an adaptation for their semi-aquatic life.
  • They are excellent divers and swimmers with partially webbed toes.
  • It can stay underwater for up to five minutes without taking a breath and can sleep underwater with its nose poking out above the waterline.
  • Like all rodents, capybara's two front teeth continuously grow throughout their life.

 

Conservation

Capybara populations are considered stable through much of their range, but hunting in some areas has reduced their numbers.

Least Concern

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