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Capybaras are semi-aquatic animals. They are mainly found in Central and South American region. Capybaras are considered as the largest rodent in the world as they weigh about 75kg and grow up to 1.5 meters. Their habitat varies from dense vegetation to freshwater and they never like to stay away from water.

Capybaras are herbivorous animals who like to eat grasses, barks, aquatic plants, leaves and others. They are very social animals and they for a herd with around 20 individuals. They spend most of their time on the banks of rivers, feeding in the mornings and evenings

Capybaras are excellent swimmers, and have partially webbed feet. They mate in the water, use the water to hide from predators, and can stay submerged for several minutes. Capybaras can even sleep underwater, with only the nose exposed.

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Capybara Internet Educational Resources

San Diego Zoo Capybara
The capybara’s scientific name, Hydrochoerus, means water hog, and the capy is always found near water, typically in groups of 10 to 30 animals. Includes videos and photos

Capybara - San Francisco Zoo
Capybara Fascinating Facts, habitat, diet, social behavior and physical characteristics

Capybara Page
Pictures and information about Capybaras

The Capybara
This rodent from South America is the largest in the world. A capybara can get close to 80 kg (175 pounds) but as intimidating as it might look, they are mostly shy and tame creatures.

Capybara Facts
The Capybara is a large, semi-aquatic rodent that is found inhabiting the water-logged regions of Central and South America

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