Capybara Facts And Information For Kids

A capybara is a very large rodent that is part of the genus Hydrochoerus of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara. These are very interesting creatures that are close relatives to guinea pigs and rock cavies. Learn some interesting capybara facts today that you can share with your friends and family.

Capybara Facts

Interesting Capybara Facts

  • On average a capybara eats roughly 3 kg’s of grass a day
  • They weigh between 59.5 and 174 lbs!
  • In a group of capybaras there is only one male within every 4 to 14 females
  • If capybaras are attacked by a predator the youngest members will be protected in the middle of the group while the adults will be facing the exterior
  • The group size of capybaras has ranged anywhere from 10 – 100 depending on the season. Normally roughly 20 – 30 in the dry season and 10 in the wet season
  • Capybaras live in South America
  • They are semi-aquatic animals and therefore love to live next to water
  • The territory in which the capybaras inhabit is roughly between the size of 12 to 50 acres
  • Capybaras¬†are hunted by dogs, jaguars, foxes and ocelots
  • In order to hide themselves a capybara can hide underwater for up to 5 minutes!
  • They are the largest rodent in the world
  • In Brazil they were hunted for their skin until 1969
  • They got their name from Tupi language from Brazil which literal translation means “one who eats slender leaves”
  • Newborns only weigh about 3.3 lbs or 1.5kg
  • In only 15 months of age both males and females reach sexual maturity
  • In capacity they live over 14 years of age
  • They rarely bite humans but have very sharp teeth as they are rodents
  • However in the wild they probably live roughly 8 to 10 years
  • Capybara are most active in the mornings and evenings and keep cool by swallowing water during the hottest part of the day