ANIMAL CURIOSITIES

Discovering the capybara, the world's largest living rodent

The capybara is the world's largest living rodent, native to South America. It lives mainly in savannas and dense forests, exclusively near large bodies of water.

The capybara likes to live in very large groups, which can number up to 100 individuals, although the most common ones are about 10 or 20 individuals. Adult individuals can reach a length of 106 to 134 centimeters and a height of 50 to 62 centimeters. The average weight ranges from 35 to 55 kilograms. Females tend to be slightly heavier than males.

Capybaras are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for up to five minutes. They are also able to sleep almost completely submerged, allowing only the nose, ears and eyes to emerge.

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Where does the capybara live
Native to South America, the capybara is the largest living rodent in the world. It inhabits mostly savannas and dense forests, exclusively near large bodies of water.
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Its size
The capybara likes to live in very large groups, which can number up to 100 individuals, although the most common ones are about 10 to 20 individuals. Adult individuals can reach a length of 106 to 134 centimeters and a height of 50 to 62 centimeters. The average weight ranges from 35 to 55 kilograms. Females tend to be slightly heavier than males.
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Excellent swimmers
Excellent swimmers, capybaras can stay underwater for up to five minutes and are also able to sleep almost completely submerged, allowing only their noses, ears and eyes to emerge.
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Its daily routine
During daylight hours when temperatures are warmer, capybaras like to be near water or in it. They spend their time grazing or rolling around in mud pools, and their temperament is quiet and sociable. Thanks to their fine hearing and sense of smell, they manage not to be easily surprised by predators.
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What do capybaras feed on
Capybaras are herbivorous animals and feed mainly on grasses, aquatic plants, fruits and tree bark. They are also self-propagating animals, that is, they feed on their own feces in order to improve intestinal bacterial flora that will then help digest the cellulose in the grass.
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