Capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

As the largest rodent in the world, the capybara is a good representative of rodent diversity. Rodents make up about 40% of all known mammal species!

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ORIGIN:
South America

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HABITAT:
Rainforests, marshes and grasslands

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
80-150 lbs
Height: 4 ft

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DIET:
Grass, leaves, barks and fruit

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PREDATORS:
Jaguars, snakes and humans

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
"Bark" when threatened

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REPRODUCTION:
150-day gestation; sexually mature at 18 months

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THREATS:
Hunting by humans

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 12 yrs in human care

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