Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are highly adapted to an aquatic lifestyle and even mate in water. They can stay underwater for up to 5 minutes, which helps them to hide from predators. Their slightly webbed feet help them to manoeuvre both in the water and on land.

Lifespan: The average lifespan is 12 years in captivity and up to 10 years in the wild.

Habitat: Capybaras can be found in a number of locations in South America, including the Amazon Rainforest. They live in a variety of habitats including: flooded grasslands, swamps, marsh, rainforest, wetlands and tropical grasslands.

Diet: Capybaras eat grasses, water plants, reeds, grains and some fruit and vegetables.

Behaviour: Females have one litter per year, in which they can have up to 8 young.  The gestation period is around 150 days. All the young within a group tend to stay together in a creche and suckle from any nursing female.

Fun Facts

Capybaras are the largest rodent species in the world!

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