Capybara

Our Capybara, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Capybara (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Capybara Facts
Capybara
Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

Type:
Mammal
Life Span
8-12
Size
24-30 inches
Average Weight
77-120 lbs
Group Name
Colony
Group Size
10-20
Name of Young
Pup

Our Capybara, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. They can reach weights of up to 150 lbs.
  • They are semi-aquatic and live near swamps, rivers and ponds in South America. In fact,  its scientific name is derived from the Greek words “hydro”  meaning water and “choiros” which means pig.
  • They mate only in water. Females usually have one or two litters per year. Each litter consists of 2-8 babies with the average being 4. The females within a group work together to nurse and protect the young.
  • Capybaras communicate through many vocalizations such as barks, whistles, grunts, and squeals. Babies and their mothers also communicate with each other through purrs and chirps.
  • They graze on grasses and aquatic plants. When under water, capybaras are known to hold their breath up to five minutes.

Did You Know?

They are well suited for aquatic life with webbed feet and eyes, ears, and nostrils close to the top of their head. This adaptation allows them to be aware of their surroundings while their body is submerged underwater.