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Capybara

South America·Mammal

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It spends most of its time in or around water. The high position of they eyes, ears, and nostrils as well as webbed toes equip it for life in the water. The capybara has a shiny black gland on the bridge of its nose called a morillo. It secretes a white substance which is rubbed on plants to mark a territory and used to attract mates.

  • Conservation StatusLeast Concern
  • Life span10-12 years
  • Body sizeup to 150 lbs.
    20-24 in. tall
  • Native habitat Tropical forests and grasslands of South America
  • DietGrasses
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