Pictures of capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris).
Lifespan: The average lifespan of a wild Capybara is 4-8 years.
Size & Weight: The average Capybara is 2ft tall at the shoulders, 4 feet long, and weighs 75-145 lbs! Females are slightly heavier than the males. They are the biggest species within of the rodent family.
Habitat: Capybaras are found in Central and South America within swamp, marsh and grassy areas that surround lakes, ponds and other bodies of fresh water.
Diet: Capybaras eat grass, water plants, grains, reeds, and some fruit. They also eat their own feces in order to maintain a bacteria in ther digestive system that helps them break downt heir food.
Family Life: Capybaras live in groups of 10 to 30. The group is run by a dominant male who looks over several females and their offspring. He protects them by growling, grunting, purring, barking, and making whistles, clicks, squeals, and grunts. The male also defendes them against other male capybaras and other threats.
The name Capybara means, "Master of the Grass"!
Capybaras are smart and easy to train!
Capybaras are great swimmers and can survive underwater for a full five minutes.
Capybaras and nutrias are distantly related.