Largest rodent capybara
The largest living rodent on earth that is called Capybara, also known as Carpincho or water hog. They are closely related to guniea pigs or sometimes they said to be large guinea pigs. Capybara lives near water bodies, found in savannas and dense forests. They are herbivores, grazing mainly on grasses and aquatic plants. These semi acquantic animals are found in Central and Southern America.
Starting with short head, heavy, barrel-shaped body with reddish brown fur might be the good description for capybara. On the surface of its skin, sweat glands are found. It’s about 3-5 ft in length, 20-25 inch tall and 40-70 kg in weight. Their feet are webbed and can swim like hippos. They can submerge themselves for five minutes.
Capybara lives on grass and aquatic plants, because they are herbivore. In dry season, it seems that they eat a variety of plants.
Capybaras mating depends on female, whether she wants to mate or not. They mate only in water and if don’t want to, can leave by submerging themselves. It takes about 130-150 days to born of young capybara, the litter consists four young capybara. The young can eat grass after a week and weaned around 16 weeks.
Though capybara is a wild animal, but people kept it as pet. This creature is cute and requires a huge place to grazing, also its expensive to feed them. They are gregarious in living about to 20-30 capybara lives together some time it can extend to 100 capybara, every group consist of 2 or 3 males and 6 to 8 fittest females. Interesting news is that they can live as pet animals.