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Ears, eyes and nostrils above the waterline to survey the surrounding area

A semiaquatic animal who spends some of its time on land

Capybaras have partially webbed feet and particularly like bodies of water and marshes. To remain hidden while continuing to keep an eye out for predators, capybaras immerse themselves almost completely in water. Like hippopotamuses, only their ears, eyes and nostrils (located at the top of their skull) remain above the waterline to survey the surrounding area.

It is a nocturnal animal which prefers to shelter in a muddy den during the day. Capybaras have many predators such as jaguars and caymans, but also humans, who hunt them for their hide and flesh. They live in small groups of around 10 individuals, managed by the dominant male. They find food in the area around their den. They use their powerful incisors to cut through plants and roots.

  • Une mère Capybara et ses petits au parc animalier Le PAL en Auvergne
  • Un Capybara assis au zoo Le PAL dans l'Allier
  • Un Capybara de profil au parc animalier Le PAL dans l'Allier
  • Un petit Capybara et sa mère au zoo Le PAL au cœur de l'Auvergne

Capybaras are found in South America, in Venezuela and Brazil.

  • Habitat

    Forest, marshes, river arms

  • Food

    Bark, roots, seeds, grasses and fruit.

The capybara is the largest rodent in the world, and males can weigh more than 60 kg.
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The capybara is the largest rodent in the world, and males can weigh more than 60 kg.

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