Capybara

 Capybara Map

          CAPYBARA

SPECIES: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris                  

STATUS: Least Concern

HABITAT: The Capybara prefers grasslands around bodies of water, so as to escape predators. 

DIET: Water plants and grasses.       

GENERAL: The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world and can get up to 125 pounds. They are excellent divers and swimmers, and can stay underwater for up to five minutes. Capybaras are preyed upon by the Black Caiman, Jaguar, Green and Yellow Anacondas, and are farmed in some areas of South America for the meat and hides.

 Capybara’s have webbing between their toes which helps them to swim easily through the water.

The mark on the forehead of the male Capybara is used for scent marking territory. 

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