Overview of the Capybara
The capybara is the largest living rodent in the world.
Its name means “master of the grasses”. Capybaras have
barrel-shaped bodies and short heads with reddish-brown
fur. They can grow over 4 feet in length and weigh up
to 140 pounds, with females weighing more than males.
The largest record weight of a capybara was recorded
as 232 pounds.
Capybaras have webbed feet, and are semi-aquatic creatures.
They are great swimmers, and can survive underwater
for up to five minutes. If required, a capybara can
even sleep underwater, keeping its nose just above the
A now extinct slightly larger species of capybara used
to live in North America. They now live in South America
in forested ares near bodies of water, like lakes, rivers,
swamps, ponds and marshes. They are herbivores, and
consume grass, aquatic plants, fruit and tre bark. An
adult capybara can eat 6 to 8 pounds every day. They
are very picky eaters, with only 4 to 6 plant species
making up three quarters of their diet. The capybara
chews it food by grinding it back and forth instead
of side to side. The capybara has a life span of 8 to
10 years, although the average in the wild is only 4
years. However, they can live for up 12 years in captivity.
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