Meet the world’s largest rodent, the capybara 

The South American capybara, known as a “giant guinea pig” because of their appearance, are quite unusual in the rodent world. They are semi-aquatic, spending a lot of their time in the water. They have evolved to be expert swimmers with partially webbed toes and can stay underwater for up to five minutes. Their Latin name even translates to ‘water pig’! You can find the capybara on central lake near the Chilean flamingo.  

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Animal facts

Key facts about the capybara

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I’m found in Northern and Central South America 

Capybara live across South America’s forests and wetlands.

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My favourite food is plants 

They love watermelon and orange as treats.

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I’m the world’s largest rodent 

Capybara are the largest rodents on earth and can weigh over 60kg.


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