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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-29-2006, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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i was messing around on the internet and came across something on Capybaras, i have always thought they were reall interesting so i thought i would post some info on them.

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They are the largest rodents on the world

Range:
South America east of the Andes, from the northern edge of the continent down to as far south as the northern part of Argentina

Habitat:
Dense vegetation surrounding lakes, rivers, swamps, marshes, and ponds

Size:
Length: 39-51 in; Height: ~20 in; Weight: 59.4-173.8 lbs

Young:
Average litter size is 4.

Gestation:
Around 150 days.

Diet (wild):
Grazers (herbivore): grasses, aquatic plants, grains, melons, and squashes.

Diet (zoo):
Hay & herbivore pellets

Lifespan (wild):
8-10 years.

Lifespan (captivity):
8-12 years.

Status:
It is not listed, although it has disappeared from some areas, but is still common over most of the continent.

Threats:
Hunting, extermination, and habitat loss

Anatomy/Physiology:
They are reddish brown to greyish and are usually yellowish brown on the underside. They have almost no tail, they have short legs, short and rounded ears, and the muzzle is heavy. The toes are webbed and they have strong claws. Females are usually larger than males. They have a very efficient digestive system that enhances the amount of nutrition they get from their food.

Social/Family units:
They are social and live in groups of about 20, but the basic unit is a family group. The units have one dominant adult male, several adult females with their own hierarchy, their offspring, and subordinate males that live on the edge of the group. Adult males that do not have a family unit may be solitary. Group sizes tend to be larger in more arid areas, and during drought several hundred individuals may aggregate around the remaining water holes.

Habits:
In the hottest part of the day they will wallow in shady, wet areas. They are semi-aquatic and love to be in the water.

Communication:
They make soft whimpering noises when contended. They can also produce a shrill, piercing whistle or a short grunting sound. They purr to show submissivness.

Defensive/Aggressive behavior:
When threatened, they flee in long leaps and will use the water as a shelter from danger.

Predators:
Anaconda, jaguars, ocelots, pumas, the harpy eagle, and humans

Locomotion:
Good swimmers, with both fore and hind feet webbed. They can swim with their eyes, ears, and nostrils out of the water, or completely submerged. Their normal gait is a slow walk, but they are able to take long leaps when in flight.

Interesting story/facts:
They are the largest rodents in the world. They have been able to thrive on cattle ranches. This is due to their safety from predators, the constant supply of water (even in droughts), and the grasses are periodically burned, increasing their quality. In some places the population numbers are higher on the ranches than they were before the land was developed.
Also, capybaras have been raised commercially on ranches. This form of ranching benefits the environment by preserving wetlands rather than draining them as would be done for cattle ranching.




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Thanks for the info,I love capybaras! They are sooo cute!




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I love Capybaras too, it amazes me to think they are closely related to guinea pigs. I took some photos of a couple swimming at a zoo type place a couple of years ago and will have to find the pics out, they are so graceful in the water

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We have a small heard of them at our Zoo... I was talking with one of the head zoo keepers at our zoo this summer and they were telling me that some zoos have them in the "Petting Zoo" section of the Zoo. Ours has them in with the Alpacas and they co-habitat great, they tried to add a Tapir into that exhibit this summer, but he was not so nice to the Capybaras, so he is in an Exhibit by himself for now.
I love them, and they are currently one of my favorite animals to visit at our local zoo.
Kinda remind me of big Guinea Pigs

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i find them fascinating!

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they are sooo cute, i ve actually gotten close to one in the amazon and petted it, it acted like a dog and its fur was pretty stiff, cutie though


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they are cute creatures, i think they look kind of funny looking though!
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i saw those on animal planet once.. it said that hawks eat them and snakes eat them and thats why they are kinda protected... can u imagine having one of those living with you? weird.. those things probally get as big as you in captivity! HAHA
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they are around 120 pounds and they are as big as a dog, but its amazing how tame they can be, he loved to get a good scratch behind the ears...


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aww they look like guniea pigs


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aww they look like guniea pigs
GIANT guinea piggies!




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I love the Capybaras and hope to some day in the future own a few of them.I have already found a breeder a few hours away.I also love the pantagoinian Cavies too.
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they kind of creep me out cuz their so big and their half aquatic, according to wat i read. but they are kinda cute

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I love the Capybaras and hope to some day in the future own a few of them.I have already found a breeder a few hours away.I also love the pantagoinian Cavies too.
I love Patagonian Cavies as well!




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