Capybara are the largest rodent in the world.
Other Names: Carpincho,
Capybara in Foreign Languages:
Czech: plavoun / kapybara
Finnish: vesisika/ kapybara
Navajo: dlo´o´' ntsxaaígíí
Spanish: capibara / carpincho /
chigüire / chigüiro / poncho / ronsoco
Size: Capybaras are 42 to 53 inches long. Capybaras
stand approximately 2 feet at the shoulder. Male capybaras
weigh 77 - 141 lbs, female capybaras weigh 81 to 146
lbs. Female capybaras weigh more than their male counterparts.
Habitat: Capybaras are native to Central and
South America. Capybara inhabits savannas and dense
forests, they prefer areas near bodies of water. Today
capybaras are found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela,
Guyanas, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Description: Capybaras have barrel shaped bodies
covered with wirey hair. Capybaras have reddish brown
hair, they are described as large water guinea pigs.
Capybaras have back legs that are slightly longer than
their front legs. Capybaras have short muzzles that
are blunt, the capybaras eyes, nostrils, and ears on
top of their head.
Diet: Capybaras graze on grass and water plants.
Communication: Capybaras communicate
using barks, chirps, whistles, huffs, and purrs.
Did You Know?
An full grown capybara can eat 6-8
lbs of grass per day!
Gestation: Capybaras carry their young for 5-6
Birth: Capybaras give birth to litters of 1-7
babies, an average litter consists of 3-4 babies. Capybaras
weigh 2 to 3 lbs at birth. Capybaras will stay with
their mother until 15 months of age.
Sexually Mature: Capybaras are sexually mature
around 15 months of age.
Life Span: Capybaras live up to 8-10
years in the wild.
Did You Know?
Capybara dive and may remain underwater
for as long as five minutes.
Social Structure: Capybaras are found in groups
of 10 - 30 members.
Unusual: The capybara is not a very efficient
swimmer, but is perfectly at home in the water.