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Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeruscpybra

 

 

Average Size: 100cm-130cm (39 in-51in) and weigh 30kg-70kg (66lbs-154lbs)

Average Lifespan: 8-10 years

Range/distribution map

       

Habitat description: Capybara’s live in dense vegetation and close to water in Central and South America. Specifically, they can be found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru.

Behavior, diet: Herbivore. Grasses, aquatic plants, bark. The Capybara is a sociable rodent that tends to live in herds of 20. They seldom sleep preferring to take quick naps for more time wallowing in the mud. Capybaras are nocturnal/ crepuscular.

Conservation status: Least Concern category with the biggest threat being hunting and loss of habitat. Though they are currently not under threat they are expected to become part of the red list because of their quickly vanishing habitats.

Fun facts:

Largest rodent in the world.

Capybara means “master of the grasses”