Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54532

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Hydrochoeridae
Genus:Hydrochoerus
Genus species:Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1-1.3 m
Height:50-62 cm
Weight:35-66 kg
Identification:The capybara has light brown coloration, long bristle-like hairs, no tail, and partial webbing between its toes.
Habitat:Forests, open grasslands
Diet:Herbivore: aquatic plants, grasses
Reproduction:Mating is done in the spring. Gestation takes 15-18 weeks and females can give birth to up to seven young at a time. Females will suckle any young within their family group. The young can eat grass within a week after birth. Life expectancy for capybaras is 5-10 years.
Family groups change by the season. During the wet season, 10-40 capybaras may belong to a single group. These groups usually have one dominant male, 1+ females, several young, and 1+ subordinate males. When conditions are more dry, up to 100 animals will gather together.
Behavior:Much of the capybara's time is spent in the water.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Capybaras, the largest living rodents, are excellent swimmers and divers.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern South America Date:1958 - 1988 Subjects:rodent
Capybara
Hydrochaeris
Hydrochaeridae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54532