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Capybara


The capybara is a large rodent that is native to South America! It is the largest rodent; about two feet tall, 4 feet in length and one hundred pounds! They resemble a guinea pig (who they are related to!) and have smooth brown fur. Capybaras inhabit savannas and forests near large bodies of water in large groups of 10 to 20 indi-viduals. They love to swim! The capybara is a semi-aquatic (lives on both water and land) mammal. A constant source of water is important to capybaras, who retreat into murky waters to escape from predators like jaguars, anacondas, caimans, pumas, ocelots, and harpy eagles.


Capybaras are herbivores, which means they eat plants. A typical diet is made up of different types of grass. They are very picky eaters and will only eat the species of grass that they like! They chew back and forth, not side to side like other rodents, and like a cow, their teeth are always growing! A capybara can eat 6 to 8 pounds of grass a day...


Read more about the capybara in today's Visit the Wildside!


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