Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

The capybara lives in a social group of 10 or more led by a dominant male. Males mark their territory by rubbing a scent gland on top of its snout, called the morillo, onto vegetation. With slightly webbed toes, the capybara is an excellent swimmer and often rushes into the water to escape predators.

Fact File

lengthLength: 3.5 to 4.5 in
weightWeight: 75 to 140 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 6 yrs
habitatHabitat: Grassland, wetland and forest
dietDiet: Grass and aquatic plants