World’s largest rodent


The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It can be found largely in South America, including Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. This species closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs. The capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water.

The capybara has a weighty, barrel-shaped body and short head. A fully grown capybara may reach a length of over 4.40 ft (134 cm), stand 50 to 64 cm (20 to 25 in) tall at the withers and weigh as much as 140 lbs (65 kg). The largest ever-recorded was scaled at 232 lbs (105 kg). However, other top recorded weights were 91 kg (200 lb) for a wild female from Brazil and 73.5 kg (162 lb) for a wild male from Uruguay. Females are usually heavier than males.

The capybara has a body with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of its body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. It has slightly webbed feet and vestigial tail. Their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs, and their muzzles are blunt with eyes, nostrils, and ears on top of their heads. They also have twenty teeth which helps them to eat. Capybaras eat grasses and aquatic plants, fruits, and the bark of trees. Adults eat up to eight pounds of grass each day. They sleep very little, often grazing most of the day.

However, capybaras are known as a gentle, friendly animal that is sometimes kept as a pet and has even been used a seeing guide animal for the blind. But now it is in danger like other species as its thick skin is used to make good quality leather and such products as belts, wallets, shoes.