IUCN red list status:
Least Concern

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About the Capybara

The Capybara, also known as the Water Hog, are considered large semiaquatic South American rodents. Capybaras are the largest living rodent in the world, growing up to about 1.3 metres long. Capybaras resemble the guinea pig and inhabit forests and wetlands.

They are short-haired brownish rodents with blunt snouts, short legs, small ears, and almost no tail. Capybaras are shy and associate in groups along the banks of lakes and rivers. They are vegetarian and normally feed in the morning and evening, then spend most of the day resting under cover along the banks.

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Capybaras are the largest of rodents, weighing up to 66 kg. Their front legs are slightly shorter than their hind legs, and their feet are partially webbed. The location of their eyes, ears, and nostrils on top of their head, make capybaras well-suited to semi-aquatic life.