5 Interesting Facts About Capybaras

Capybara

Here is a mummy capybara with her five babies

Today I want to write about one of the coolest mammals in the world, the capybara.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These amazing animals grow over a metre long and can weigh over 60 kg, making them the largest species of rodent in the world.
  2. Capybaras spend a lot time in the water and are well-suited to it, with their nostrils, eyes and ears on top of their head (like a hippo) and webbed toes to help them swim.
  3. They are fast runners and excellent swimmers, but are still caught and eaten by jaguars, ocelots, anacondas, caimans and eagles.
  4. They live in groups of about 10-20 and graze on grass, although they can gather in larger groups during the dry season.  To communicate with each other, they bark like dogs and leave scent marks.  The females give birth to litters of up to 8 babies.
  5. Capybaras are widespread and common and live in a wide range of habitats near water throughout most of South America.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about capybaras?

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