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Herbivorous and insectivorous animals
Сapybara
Class Mammals
Order Грызуны
Family Водосвинковые
Distribution Central and South America
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES

A semiaquatic herbivorous mammal; the single representative of the family. Сapybara is the largest of the present-day rodents. From the language of Guarani, the word ‘capybara’ means “grass eater.” The body length of the adult capybara is 1-1.35m, the height at the shoulder is 50-60cm. The males weigh 34-63kg, the females 36-65.5kg (the measurements were made in the Venezuelan llanos). The females are usually larger than the males. Their body is heavy. The capybaras look like a giant guinea pig. The head is big, massive, with a wide blunt muzzle. The upper lip is heavy. The ears are short and rounded. The nostrils are wide-set. The eyes are small, near the top of the head. The capybara does not build nests. These rodents are currently bred on special farms in Venezuela for their skin and meat. The fat of capybaras is used in pharmaceutics

DIET

In the wild, capybaras eat fruits and tubers, hay and grass, water plants

LIFE EXPECTANCY

10‒12 years

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