Capybaras are mammals from South America. They live in a variety of habitats including swamps, marshes, and forests near ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams.
The Capybara is the world’s biggest rodent with the guinea pig being its closest relative.
They have a heavy, barrel-shaped body which sits on relatively shorter legs, shorter in the front than the back
The Capybaras have long, coarse hair of reddish-brown fur on the upper part of its body that turns yellowish-brown underneath.
Adult Capybaras stand 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in) tall at the withers, and typically weigh 35 to 66 kg (77 to 146 lbs)
They are very social and gather near water in groups of 10- 20 individuals, but can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals. These groups usually include one dominant male, several adult females, their offspring, and subordinate males
Capybaras communicate using barks, whistles, clicks, squeals, and grunts.
Feeding mostly in the afternoon, and on and off at night, capybaras tend to doze in the morning
In the wild, they will eat grass, aquatic plants, fruit, and tree bark.
As is the case with other rodents, the front teeth of Capybaras grow continually to compensate for the constant wear from eating grass
When threatened, Capybaras will jump into the water and hide beneath the surface. They can hold their breath for almost five minutes