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Scientific Name:

Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris


South America, from Colombia and Venezuela to northern Argentina.


Ηerbivorous. Grasses, aquatic plants , fruits and berries.


Habitat:  marshes, estuaries, along rivers and streams, swamps and grasslands


Gestation: 120 days, up to 8 young.

Social structure: Either in groups of 10-30 individuals (one dominant male, one or more females, many young and some subordinate males), or solitary (especially males)

Weight: 35-66 kg.

Dimensions: length: 106-134 cm, Height: 50-62cm

Estimated population in the wild: Unknown

Lifespan: 10 years in the wild, 12 years under human care

Threats: human hunting for its skin and meat, predators such as : wildcats (Jaguars, Pumas. Ocelots), snakes (Anacondas), caimans, eagles.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Capybaras are excellent swimmers. They can stay underwater for up to 5min at a time.
  2. They mate in the water.
  3. Its common name, “Kapiyva” means “master of the grasses”.
  4. The male capybara can be distinguished from the female by the obvious, highly developed scent gland on top of the snout, known as morillo.

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