Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent, weighing up to 165 pounds. Males and females look alike and they live 8 to 10 years in the wild.
They are most active during dawn and dusk, and eat grasses, aquatic plants and fruits.
Capybaras have 4-5 pups per litter. The young will ride on females’ backs while in the water and will begin grazing within a week of birth. They live in groups, with a dominant male, several females, subordinate males, and young.
Did you know? Capybara’s eyes, nostrils, and ears are found on the tops of their heads, so the majority of their bodies can remain below the water surface. This allows capybaras to learn about their surroundings while remaining hidden underwater. They can also hold their breath for up to 5 minutes underwater – a useful skill for reaching food or avoiding predators.