Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Caviidae
 Scientific Name : Hydrochoerus 
                                hydrochaeris

                Colour : Brown, Red, 
                                Yellow, Grey
           Skin Type : Fur
                Size(L) : 100cm - 130cm 
                                 (39in - 51in)
                Weight : 30kg - 70kg 
                                 (66lbs - 154lbs)

          Top Speed : 35km/h (25mph)
           Life Span : 8 - 10 years
Most Distinctive 
              Feature : Eyes, ears and nostrils 
                                on top of the head!
           Fun Fact : Excellent at both diving
                              and swimming!
  1. The Capybaras are large rodents found in Central and South America.
  2. They are semi-aquatic animals mostly inhabiting the water logged regions.
  3. They are closely related to Chinchillas and Guinea Pigs.
  4. They are the largest rodents in the world growing up to 1.4m long and weighing up to 75kg.
  5. They are stocky, heavy animals with a head and muzzle that is short in comparison to their body.
  6. They have short, sturdy limbs with hoof-like claws and webbings on their toes.
  7. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are on top of their head which helps them, see, hear and breathe while in water.
  8. They are sociable animals living in herds of around 20 consisting a dominant male, a lot of females and their young.
  9. They sleep very little, dozing off briefly during the day and grazing from early evening through the night.
  10. They are herbivores mainly feeding on 3-6 species of plants and occasionally on fruits, berries and soft tree bark.
  11. They are known to regurgitate their food and also eat their own droppings to aid their digestive system.
  12. Their natural predators are Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots, Caimans and large species of snakes.
  13. Humans are known to hunt them in some places for their meat and their hide.
  14. They breed through the years especially during April and May when it rains.
  15. The female Capybara gives birth to 1-8 pups on land after a 5-month gestation.
  16. The pups are well developed at birth and are able to swim, run and dive.
  17. Interestingly, they communicate through secreting a scent from their glands.
  18. They also communicate through whistles, barks, grunts and squeals.

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