Capybara

Capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyHydrochoerinae
Size1m-1.3m
Weight30-75kg
Gestation5 months
Birth2-8
Life-span10 years
Diet
herbivorous (grasses and aquatic plants, occasionally fruit and bark)

Habitat
wetlands

Range
South America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Andes, Colombia, Guyana)


Capybaras are the largest rodents.
 
Well adapted to their semi-aquatic life thanks to their partially webbed feet and the high placing of their eyes, eyes and nose, capybaras are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for 5 minutes. In emergencies, they take cover in water. Their predators are jaguars, caimans and anacondas.
 
Hunted for their meat and skin, capybaras are dwindling in number in densely populated regions of the Amazon.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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