Description Capybaras are short-haired brownish rodents with blunt snouts, short legs, small ears and almost no tail.
Diet They normally feed in the morning and evening and spend most of the day resting under cover along the banks. Capybara are herbivores, and use their long, sharp teeth for grazing on grass and water plants. An adult capybara can eat 6-8 pounds of grass per day. During the dry season, when fresh grasses and water plants dry up, a capybara will eat reeds, grains, melons and squashes.
Lifespan Up to 10 years in the wild, up to 12 years in captivity.
Other names: Carpincho or water hog
Group name: Herd
Scientific Name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Body Length: 4.6 ft long, up to 2 ft high at shoulders
Weight: 77-143 pounds
Gestation: 100-110 days
Number of young: 3-8 pups
Habitat: They roam the swampy, grassy regions bordering rivers and ponds
Distribution: Found in South America
Did You Know?
Capybaras are the world's largest rodents
Capybaras are amazing swimmers, with webbed feet that let them move quickly through the water. They can stay underwater for up to five minutes at a time, and press their ears against their heads to keep water out.
A capybara can sleep underwater by keeping its nose above the water line.