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Magical Facts About the Life of the Capybara

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  • Baby Capybaras Can't Swim

    Photo: Paul Williams www.IronAmmonitePhotography.com / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    Though the majority of their lives will ultimately be spent in the water, newborn capybaras are not very good swimmers. As a result, they spend their first several months living near the water, hidden by large brush.

    The entire capybara group works to nurse the young and protect them from harm. Baby capybaras nurse on every female in the community, and beta males work to stay vigilant to protect the group from harm.

  • Capybaras Get To The Size Of A Small St. Bernard

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    Unlike most members of the rodent family, capybaras’ heads are flat and square-shaped. The females tend to be a little larger than the males, but in general they reach approximately the same physical size.

    Capybaras can reach about four feet long and about 20 inches tall. Within that relatively small frame, capybaras pack a lot of density, weighing up to 175 pounds.

  • Capybaras Are Most Commonly Active At Dawn And Dusk

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    When comfortable in their environment, capybaras act as crepuscular animals. This means they’re most often active at dawn and dusk, sleeping through the heat of the day and hiding out at night.

    Should they feel as though a threat is present, capybaras can also convert to completely nocturnal behavior in which they eat and socialize entirely at night.

  • Capybara Can Stay Submerged Underwater For Up To Five Minutes

    Video: YouTube

    After living among marshes and swamps, Capybaras have evolved to thrive in aquatic environments. Their skin needs to be kept constantly moist and their daily diet consists primarily of aquatic plants.

    Also known as water hogs, wild capybaras sleep along river banks and streams. They’re often found in dense vegetation, a preference that keeps them cool and hides them from predators.