Mammal

Capybara

Area: 
Central and South America
Habitat: 
Swampy, grassy areas along rivers, ponds, streams, and lakes
Food: 
Mostly grass and water plants, but sometimes also melons and reeds
Size: 
42 to 53 inches long, about 2 feet tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
Pups for about 16 weeks, and often from other females in the group, not just their own mother.
A capybara can stay under water for up to five minutes at a time to hide from a predator.
Water “Hogs”

 

 

This animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.’s scientific name, Hydrochoerus, means water hog in ancient Greek. That’s a good name for this rodentGenerally, a small mammal with soft fur. Rodents have large front teeth (incisors) that never stop growing. Rodents are mammals. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and squirrels are all rodents. that stays near water and has webbed feetThe feet of some birds, such as ducks, some mammals, such as otters, or some reptiles, such as turtles, where the toes are connected near the tips by a thin membrane of skin. This helps these animals paddle or swim through water.! Capybaras eat aquaticAble to live in water, as a fish or turtle. plants and grasses and dive into the water to escape predators.

 

Capybaras are the largest type of rodentGenerally, a small mammal with soft fur. Rodents have large front teeth (incisors) that never stop growing. Rodents are mammals. Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and squirrels are all rodents. living today.  They are usually found in groups of 10 to 30 animals. They feed at dawn and dusk, resting in the heat of the day. Members of the group look out for each other, nursing each other’s babies and sounding an alarm bark if a jaguar comes near. Sometimes, one capybara’s call will get the whole herdA group of animals that travels and feeds together. barking!