The World’s Largest Rodent: The Capybara

I was trying to decide on what to write about this weekend.  Then, I remembered mentioning one of my favorite animals last week.  The jaguar loves eating these guys, which isn’t the reason I love them.  They’re just so cute and, to a kid, they look like they can be ridden.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride a capybara?

A capybara is the world’s largest rodent.  They live in South America and are not endangered.  There is no threat to their population, so I don’t have any ‘doom and gloom’ to share this time.  Instead, I’ll just post some fun facts and then get to the cuteness:

  • An adult capybara can weigh as much as an adult human.
  • There is a smaller ‘species’ called the lesser capybara, but people still debate if it’s a species or subspecies.
  • Capybara have webbed feet because they are semi-aquatic.
  • They can stay underwater for up to 5 minutes.
  • Sometimes, they will sleep underwater with their noses above the surface.
  • On land, a capybara can run as fast as a horse.  They need that for a fighting chance against jaguars, crocodiles, anacondas, and other predators.
  • Capybara have a very large and complex vocalization system.  They can purr, bark, cackle, whistle, squeal, whine, grunt, and even chatter their teeth.
  • Other animals will perch on top of a capybara, who doesn’t care.  Birds, monkeys, rabbits, and other capybara have been seen using ‘nature’s ottoman’.
  • They live in herds that can be 10-20 individuals, but sometimes gather in groups of around 100.
  • They are closely related to guinea pigs and rock cavies.
  • Capybara can be picky eaters and will stick to one type of grass while ignoring all others.
  • Similar to humans, they cannot produce Vitamin C, so they need to eat foods with it.  This also means they can get scurvy.
  • Capybara will eat their own poop because it contains bacteria that helps them digest cellulose in plants.
  • Capybara are hunted for meat and hide, but there are also some capybara farms.

Let’s get to the pictures and videos:

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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20 Responses to The World’s Largest Rodent: The Capybara

  1. They always seem to keep things casual, considering everything eats them.

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  2. The babies are so cute!


  3. These guys look very laid back and happy. Thanks, Charles.


  4. They are so fascinating, I think I only heard about them in recent times, though we had guinea pigs as pets.


  5. They are looking so cute. But a whole herd would be too much for our neighbors, i think. Lol Thanks for sharing this great information, Charles! Have a beautiful week! xx Michael


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