the capybara

The Capybara

Capybara live in groups of 10 to 40 individuals. They are the biggest rodents in the world. Capybara are rather ungainly on land, but are excellent swimmers. They have webbed feet and can hold their breath underwater for up to 5 minutes. Their main predators are the anaconda, the puma and the jaguar.

Their eyes, nostrils and ears are on top of their heads so that they can see and breathe while they swim.

Did you know?

The English name “Capybara” comes from the Guarani Indian word meaning “Lord of the Grass”.

 

Classe 
mammalia
Famille 
Hydrochoerinae
Ordre 
rodentia
Statut 
not endangered
Their name comes from the Indian word, Guarani meaning "Lord of the grass".