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Capybaras: Giant Rodents of South America and Exotic Pets


Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. She loves to study nature and write about living things.

The Largest Rodent in the World

Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. The stocky South American giants may weigh as much as 145 pounds (or occasionally even more) and may reach two feet in height at the shoulder and four and a half feet in length.

Capybaras are very social, semi-aquatic animals that live in groups and feed on plants. Although they often amble slowly over their grassy habitat, they can run fast when necessary. They are also excellent swimmers.

Researchers used to think that the animals were a type of pig. In fact, their scientific name (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) means "water pig." Scientists now know that capybaras are rodents and are related to guinea pigs.

The animals inhabit much of South America and part of Central America as well. They also live in zoos and wildlife parks around the world and are sometimes kept as exotic pets.

The Rodentia Order

Capybaras belong to the mammal order known as the Rodentia. Other animals in this order include mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, squirrels, and beavers.

The Body of a Capybara

The capybara has a heavyset body with long and coarse red-brown, yellow-brown, or grey hair. Its long head has a blunt snout and small ears. The eyes are also small and are located high up on the head.

The animal has short legs. Its back legs are longer than its front ones, and its feet are slightly webbed. The feet leave star-shaped footprints in soft material like mud. The front feet have four toes while the back have only three. Capybaras walk, run, and swim with ease and sit like a dog.

A capybara appears to have no tail, but it actually has a tiny, rudimentary, and unmovable stub at the end of its body that is sometimes referred to as a tail.

Did You Know?

The name "capybara" comes from a word that means "master of the grasses" in the language of the Guarani people of South America.

Habitat and Diet

Capybaras inhabit forests and grassy areas near marshes, swamps, lakes, ponds, and rivers. Their eyes, ears, and nostrils are located near the top of their heads, which means that a capybara can be submerged in the water with just the top portion of its head showing. This allows it to breathe and survey the environment while most of its body is hidden under the water. Hippos in Africa have the same adaptation.

Capybaras can stay completely submerged in water for up to five minutes. The water provides food and also protection from danger. The animals are herbivores and eat grasses and aquatic plants, but they will also eat some fruits, grains, and reeds when the grass dries up. As they chew their food, they move their jaws from side to side instead of up and down like us.

Social Groups

Capybaras usually live in groups of ten to thirty animals, although solitary animals have been observed. A dominant male heads the group, which consists of females, babies, and younger males.

The group generally grazes in the morning and evening but sometimes feeds at night instead in order to avoid predation. The animals spend the hottest part of the day in water or mud.

Groups may enlarge to about a hundred animals when capybaras are gathering around a water source during the dry season. A group's home range is about fifty acres in area and partially overlaps the ranges of other groups.

Vocalizations

Capybaras vocalize frequently and make a wide range of sounds. They bark when danger approaches to warn their group and to scare predators away. The bark sounds quite similar to a dog's bark. The animals also communicate with each other with whistles, chirps, squeals, clicks, purrs, growls, and grunts. One capybara owner likened a sound made by her pet to that of a Geiger counter

Communication is especially important between a mother and her babies. Both the mother and the youngsters vocalize to keep in contact within their group, especially when the group is moving. Babies may vocalize almost continuously.

A dominant male growls and chases other animals to maintain his position as the leader of his group. Observers say that serious fights between the rodents are rare, however.

Communicating by Smell

Capybaras communicate via their sense of smell in addition to making sounds. Males and females have a scent gland called a morillo on the upper part of their snouts. Males have larger morillos than females. The dominant male rubs his morillo over grass, releasing a sticky white fluid that is scented and marks the group's territory. The animal's anal glands also release a scented substance.

Other individuals besides the dominant male release scented secretions for communication. Males usually scent mark more frequently than females, however. In addition, they appear to mark with urine more often than females.

Reproduction

Capybaras often mate in the water. Two to eight babies are born after a gestation period of about 130 to 150 days. The babies start to eat grass when they are only a few days old and are weaned at about sixteen weeks of age. They congregate in a creche and may obtain milk from other nursing females in addition to their own mother. The group as a whole guards the babies from danger.

A female generally has one litter a year but may occasionally have two. In captivity, capybaras live up to twelve years. In the wild, their lives are usually much shorter due to predation.

Keep in Mind

In some places it's legal to keep capybaras as pets, but in others it's illegal. Anyone interested in getting a capybara as a pet should check their local rules carefully.

Exotic Pets

Capybaras are often (but not always) gentle and peaceful in captivity and will often (but not always) let humans pet them. Many seem to enjoy being stroked. As with any exotic animal purchased from a breeder, however, it's important to remember that an exotic animal isn't a domesticated one. True domestication requires many years of selective breeding.

There are some wonderful photos and videos of pet capybaras on the Internet. The pets seem to enjoy swimming in backyard pools, going for walks with a harness and leash, and even lying on sofas. Owners say that the animals are intelligent and trainable, like Caplin Rous in the video above. The animals shouldn't be thought of as giant guinea pigs, however. Taking care of an exotic pet and keeping it happy are major undertakings.

In the wild, capybaras are social animals. Their day is spent interacting with other animals as well as feeding. It's unnatural for them to live alone. If they are in this situation in captivity, they will need a lot of human attention. The best situation for captive animals is to live in a small group of capybaras. It's essential that the animals have a place to swim, since they are semi-aquatic.

An important consideration for a prospective capybara owner in veterinary care. Exotic animals generally require treatment from specialty veterinarians or from general ones with experience in treating their species. Finding a suitable vet within a reasonable distance from the home may be a challenge.

Owning an Exotic Pet

Many generations of selective breeding are necessary in order to domesticate a wild animal. Anyone thinking of owning an exotic pet needs to keep this in mind. Exotic pets are not domesticated and require special attention in order to keep them happy and healthy and in order to keep humans safe.

Temperament

The capybaras shown in this article appear to be docile and even friendly. Some online videos show the rodents playing with other pets and apparently enjoying the company of humans. In some of the photos and videos that I've seen, the animals seem to be showing affection towards their owners.

Even a previously calm capybara may sometimes exhibit an aggressive behaviour, however. This is likely not so much a problem with the animal as with our lack of knowledge about its needs according to its gender and life stage. The consensus of pet owners seems to be that capybaras are not aggressive by nature but may be so if we act inappropriately towards them (according to their standards).

Even though the rodents are bred in captivity, they are still very much wild animals. Though they often seem to be friendly, it should be remembered that they are capable of biting hard.

Other Interesting Capybara Facts

  • As in other rodents, the front teeth or incisors of a capybara never stop growing. The teeth are generally worn down by the tough grasses that the animal eats.
  • Capybaras are coprophagous, which means that they eat their feces. This behaviour enables them to obtain extra nutrients and beneficial bacteria. (House training a pet capybara is a major topic of its own. Pet owners say that it can be done.)
  • Like a cow, the rodents often regurgitate food to chew it again. They are only distantly related to cows, however.
  • In some parts of South America, the animals are farmed for their meat or skin. This has the advantage of protecting the wild population from hunting.
  • In Venezuela, capybara meat is eaten during Lent. In previous centuries, the animals were classified as fish by the Vatican because they spent most of their time in water. Therefore they could be eaten during Lent when meat was forbidden.
  • Unlike many other rodents, capybaras can't hold food with their front feet.
  • In some areas of the United States, the animals may be seen in the wild. The wild population is believed to have originated from escaped pets.

The capybara has a relative (Hydrochoerus isthmius), which is known as the lesser capybara. This animal lives in a small area in the northwestern part of South America.

Population Status

Capybaras have many predators, including anacondas, caiman, eagles, and wild cats (puma, ocelot, and jaguar). They are also hunted by humans for their meat and skins. The skin is used to make leather, and the fat under the skin is used to make medicinal drugs.

Although the capybara groups in some areas are under pressure from hunting, at the moment the population as a whole isn't endangered. The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) maintains a "Red List of Threatened Species." In this list, animals are classified into one of nine categories based on their population status. The IUCN has placed capybaras in the Least Concern category of the Red List.

As is the case with all animals that share the earth with us, we mustn't become complacent about the population status of capybaras. Although the idea of keeping one as a pet may be appealing for some people, the status of the wild population shouldn't be forgotten.

References

  • Capybara facts from the San Diego Zoo
  • Information about Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from National Geographic
  • Capybara information and facts about the escaped animal in the United States from the USGS (United States Geological Survey)
  • The capybara entry on the IUCN Red List

© 2011 Linda Crampton

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 18, 2020:

Thank you very much for the comment and for sharing the information, Dr Mark. I'll read the article that you've mentioned.

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 18, 2020:

This is a very well written article. Most of the things I see about capybaras on the internet gloss over the potential aggressions and only discuss how well they get along with other animals. They will bite, and will fight but usually oly with each other.

Here is a link you might want to read as I know you enjoy scientific papers. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/278702053...

If it is too boring, be sure to check out section 14.2. It details some of the fighting and biting behaviors.

That video of the capybaras in the pool creeped me out. They defecate in the water as soon as they are comfortable, so I definitely would not want to take a bath with one of my capys!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 28, 2018:

Hi. The price of capybaras varies considerably. I don't know where you live, but I did a quick Internet search about the cost of one in the United States. One breeder was selling them for hundreds of dollars and another one for several thousand dollars. I think you need to look at more than the purchase price, though. You need to find a breeder who seems to care about their animals and who seems likely to help you if you need advice. You also need to remember that looking after a capybara involves expenses beyond the purchase price. Good luck with your search.

Lord Bilbastay on September 28, 2018:

I was just wondering how much a capybara should usually have because I'm looking into buying one for a pet. Please get back to me

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 28, 2017:

What a lovely experience! Thank you for sharing it, Moon Daisy.

Moon Daisy from London on November 28, 2017:

Earlier in the comments I said how I'd like to meet a capybara, since I've loved them for a long time. Well I met one! We were at a zoo recently looking at their only capybara, and my husband told the keeper how much i love them. And he let me go in the enclosure! He wouldn't let me stroke him as he couldn't guarantee my safety, (although I'm certain I would've been fine), but I got pretty close, and we had a good conversation. He was lovely and it was amazing!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 26, 2017:

I don't know where you can find a capybara breeder in your part of the world, Moses. The animal might do okay is specific parts of the continent, but many areas would be inhospitable for it.

Moses on November 26, 2017:

what a smart animal . where can I get one,? Will it survive in Africa,

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 27, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the information, jumpup. I'd actually like to keep capybaras alive, though!

jumpup on May 27, 2015:

They are good eating. We used to eat these in the 1970s.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 29, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, Mel. Capybaras do seem like nice animals. I wouldn't want to eat one, either!

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on September 29, 2013:

As a Catholic, I am thrilled that this Lent I can supplement my dull fish diet with Capybara! Just joking, of course. They look like very gentle creatures and I wouldn't want to harm one. Great hub!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 23, 2013:

Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the pin, Elias! I appreciate your visit.

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on September 23, 2013:

Such a sweet and funny creature Alicia! Another great hub and a well written and informative introduction to an animal. Voted and pinned!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 2013:

Thank you very much for the visit and the comment, Moon Daisy! I feel the same way as you. I'd love to get to know a capybara and stroke him or her, but I wouldn't want to have one as a pet. I don't have the facilities to take care of a capybara's needs, and since I already have pets I don't have the time to look after a capybara, either.

Moon Daisy from London on September 22, 2013:

I have loved capybaras for a long time, so it's lovely to come across your hub. I first saw these interesting creatures in a zoo and wanted one ever since. Ok, I wouldn't really have one as a pet! But I would be happy meeting one properly one day and stroking it.

Great hub, really nice and detailed.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 22, 2013:

I agree - capybaras are cool! I wouldn't want one for a pet, but I'd love to meet one. Thanks for the visit, suziecat7.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on September 22, 2013:

What a cool animal. I want one :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 24, 2012:

Hi, Big M. Thank you for commenting. Good luck with your school project.

Big M on February 24, 2012:

this imformation was ok. some i already knew. i am going to use this info in a school project on the capybara.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 03, 2011:

Thank you again for all your comments and votes, Eiddwen! The capybara is another animal that I find very interesting. They are such big animals compared to most other rodents.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 03, 2011:

Thank you again for info on this Capybaras,another new one for me to enjoy ,and I vote them all up; awesome/beautiful/interesting and useful here.

Take care

Eiddwen.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 2011:

Thanks for the visit and the funny comment, b. Malin!

b. Malin on August 24, 2011:

What A Great Pet Alicia. It Sings, Eats it's own Feces...so there's no Clean Up...And if you get tired of it, You can Eat it for Dinner...I'm Sold! Seriously, very Interesting Hub on Capybaras...Who knew!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 2011:

Thank you, carriethomson. Capybaras are certainly large! It's strange to think that they are related to guinea pigs.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 2011:

Hi, Movie Master. Thank you for visiting my hub and for the comment.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on August 24, 2011:

Hi alicia! very intresting hub!! these capybaras seem to be intresting too!! very large rhodents and they are feeding on grass. amusing and intresting

carrie

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 24, 2011:

Hi Alicia, I enjoyed reading about capybaras, I knew nothing about them, thank you for sharing such an interesting hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 21, 2011:

Hi, Tina. I agree - capybaras are not bred to be pets and should stay in their natural habitat. Thanks a lot for the comment.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on August 21, 2011:

I have only seen them on TV before, never in reality. They look rather cute but I believe that all exotic animals should be living wild in nature. Thanks for this interesting and well written hub Alica, I now know much more about these interesting animals!

Tina

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 20, 2011:

Thank you very much for the visit and the great comment, drbj! I agree with you - capybaras are fascinating animals.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 20, 2011:

Capybaras are fascinating animals, Alicia, and you have written about them in a very interesting way. Thanks for this exceptional and well-written hub about these creatures.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 20, 2011:

Hi, CMHyno. It's strange how humans are inadvertently populating countries with animals that wouldn't normally live there! Thanks for the comment.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on August 20, 2011:

Strangely enough there used to be a couple of capybaras in the park near where I lived in North London, along with some wallabies and emus??? Thanks for a very interesting and informative hub, Alicia.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 19, 2011:

Thank you very much, Peggy W. I appreciate the comment and the votes. I enjoyed writing about capybaras - they're interesting animals.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 19, 2011:

Great article about capybaras. I have only seen them in zoo settings. Enjoyed learning more about them and the videos were great. Up, useful and interesting votes!


Rescue Capybara Loves Getting Her Head Scratched

In case you don’t know, the world’s largest rodent is the capybara. These animals resemble giant guinea pigs, who are actually their distant cousins.

However, unlike adorable little guinea pigs, capybaras measure about 39 to 51 inches long and 20 inches tall. Depending on their gender, they can weigh 60 to 174 pounds. Interestingly enough, the females are actually larger than the males.

These animals tend to be found near areas that are very watery given that they often need to bathe in order to keep their dry skin moisturized. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, their normal habitats include areas like estuaries, marshes, riverbanks, and streams – all along Central and South America.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

These animals are often nicknamed “water hogs” because of their habits of sleeping in muddy or shallow waters – something they do to both hide from predators as well as keep themselves cool.

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Much like hogs, these large rodents have an extremely affectionate side to them.

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Natália Cará of Biologando Pelo Mundo is a biologist, as well as a former Disney actor. She shared a video that shows a rescued capybara who is a total love bug – enjoying having its head and neck scratched by others.

As she explained in the video description, “This rescued capybara decided to approach me while I was cleaning her pool and begged me for some scratches… her reaction to it is equally funny and adorable!!”

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But perhaps the cutest thing is the giant buck teeth that become apparent every time the giant rodent throws her head back for scratches.

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L.A. NOW

Officials said the capybara spotted in Paso Robles was probably an exotic pet that somehow got loose and doubt there are more of them roaming around the rea.

The semiaquatic capybara is the world's largest rodent and prefers swampy, marshy habitats. It's illegal to own a capybara as a pet in California, so authorities believe the animal either was released by or escaped from an owner a few years ago and has been roaming Paso Robles ever since.

"Somebody probably brought it in as a pet, and they either got away or people couldn't deal with it anymore," Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan said.

The rodents — which can grow to the size of a large dog — aren't dangerous, "just weird-looking," Hughan said.

It's not the first time a capybara has been spotted in Paso Robles. Game wardens received a report about three years ago of a capybara in a pond near Hunter Ranch Golf Course, but because there were no other sightings and beavers live in the area, they thought it was a mistake.

Eight months later, a man said a large rodent-like creature scared his horses away and started eating the hay he was feeding them. The man eventually fired a gun in the direction of the animal as it chased his dog. He then called wildlife officials after it left the property. Wardens confirmed that footprints at the scene were that of a capybara.

No other sightings were reported until three weeks ago at the wastewater plant, though Kamp said another co-worker said he had seen a strange animal at the plant but wasn't sure what it was.

No other capybara sightings have been reported in California, Hughan said. The rodents have been spotted in other states over the years. In Florida, sightings are common some experts believe a wild capybara population exists after a few rodents escaped from a research facility in 2001.

Photo: Nick Kamp and Craig Rambo were making their rounds at a Paso Robles wastewater treatment plant a few weeks ago when they spotted something definitely out of the ordinary: a wild capybara. The world's largest rodent is native to South America and usually isn't found in the United States except in zoos. Credit: Nick Kamp


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Posted: (2 days ago) A capybara, the world’s largest rodent, is on the loose near Paso Robles. On July 30, Nick Kamp, a worker at the Paso Robles sewage treatment plant, spotted the animal as it emerged from a pond.

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Posted: (2 days ago) The Capybara was one of the seven pets that were available in the Jungle Egg in Adopt Me!.It is classified as an uncommon pet and players had a 22.5% of hatching one from a Jungle Egg.. The Capybara was added to the game along with the other Jungle pets on August 31, 2019, after the Safari Egg.It is currently only obtainable through trading with other players or by hatching one from a Jungle .

Keeping and Caring for a Pet Wallaby

Posted: (1 days ago) The pet wallaby is truly an exotic pet. Wallabies are native to Australia so they are definitely not as common a pet as the ferret, rabbit, or even other smaller marsupials like the sugar glider.There are 11 species of wallabies in the wild, and they all have extremely powerful hind legs that are used for jumping to great heights and far distances.

5 Things to Know About the Capybara, the World's Largest .

Posted: (2 days ago) They make good pets (though they’re not always legal to keep). Despite their heft – capybara grow to be about 4-ft. long and weigh upwards of 100 lbs. – these rodents are friendly and .

Capybara Facts - Animals

Posted: (2 days ago) Capybara young have even more to worry about—they are a favorite snack food of snakes like the boa constrictor, crab-eating foxes, small cats, and birds of prey like the caracara and black vulture.

Capybara - reddit

Posted: (2 days ago) r/Capybara is dedicated to the capybara. Capybaras are a terminally chill animal, and they are pros at sleeping, snacking, and of course, chillin'. Fact: anyone who doesn't know about capybaras is ignorant.

Neighbourhood fights police to keep giant capybara as a .

Posted: (4 days ago) pets Neighbourhood fights police to keep giant capybara as a pet | Photo. A neighbourhood loves this giant pet rodent so much they formed a human shield around his cage when police arrived to .

Baby Capybara - Underground Reptiles

Posted: (2 days ago) WE HAVE BABY CAPYBARA FOR SALE. HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS: Native To South America Ranging From Colombia To Paraguay Adults Can Grown Up To 36 – 40 Inches In Length With Proper Care And Setup These Can Live 6 – 10 Years In Captivity This Is The Largest Species Of Rodent In The World Feeding On Dried Grasses, Grains, Fruits And Vegetables

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Want a giant hamster? Capybaras aren’t for all – Orange .

Posted: (3 days ago) This photo by Melanie Typaldos shows Caplin her pet capybara and her daughter's pet guinea pig, Neptune. The capybara, Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris, is a semi-aquatic rodent of South America.

The capybara is the friendliest animal in the world .

Posted: (1 days ago) The capybara, native to South America, is the largest rodent in the world and a highly social creature which has been observed bonding with everything from kittens and ducklings to monkeys.

Exotic Animal Laws by State - FindLaw

Posted: (3 days ago) Sugar glider, wallaby, kangaroo, capybara, porcupine. Permit required to possess wolf, coyote, fox, skunk, raccoon. 11-0103 11-0512 11-0536 11-0511 11-0917. North Carolina. Possession of dangerous animals regulated by cities and counties. Possession of dangerous animals regulated by cities and counties

Meet the Vegas-area rodent who’s more popular than you .

Posted: (4 days ago) Cody Kennedy and his 2-year-old pet capybara, JoeJoe, hang out at Sunset Park on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. JoeJoe, a resident of northern Arizona, has taken on a celebrity status with .

The capybara is the friendliest animal in the world .

Posted: (1 days ago) The capybara, native to South America, is the largest rodent in the world and a highly social creature which has been observed bonding with everything from kittens and ducklings to monkeys.

Capybara – The Giant Rodent

Posted: (2 days ago) A capybara can get close to 80 kg (175 pounds) but as intimidating as it might look, they are mostly shy and tame creatures. Capybaras are also known as water hogs. As the name suggests, they are usually found near swamps and water holes. The water provides a refuge from the midday heat.

15 of the Weirdest Pets That You Can Actually Own in the .

Posted: (2 days ago) From cute capybaras, curious kinkajous and terrifying tarantulas, we here at TheHouseShop.com, have rounded up 15 of the weirdest pets that you can actually own in the UK- take a gander and see if any take your fancy… (the pygmy goat and the capybara are currently topping the list in our office!).

Capybara as Pets

Posted: (2 days ago) capybara as pets love to roam around, walk, run and swim. And as with other rodents, it’s not a good idea to keep them as indoor pets, as with chew on everything you own, from your carpet, furniture, wires and cables of your appliances, etc. They want to be in control of their day-to-day lives.

Capybara Adopt Me - Rare Pets

Posted: (3 days ago) The ride a pet potion cost 150 robux and you need 1 potion for every single pet you want to make permanently. Buy the ride a pet potion for a pet and this single pet will be permanently rideable. Neon Capybara On Adopt Me While they are extraordinary animals and are very tame there are many drawbacks to keep a capybara as a pet. Capybara adopt .

Keeping and Caring for Capybaras as Pets

Posted: (2 days ago) Smart, sociable animals, capybaras are affectionately called giant guinea pigs, but they are not as simple to care for as their smaller cousins. Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, weighing up to 170 pounds. They are relatively pleasant household pets that fare best in groups.

10 Exotic Pets That Are Legal to Own in New Jersey .

Posted: (3 days ago) No two states are alike when it comes to the rules for keeping exotic pets. Some call New Jersey's policies an exotic pet ban because the "big five" (1. venomous and large reptiles, 2. primates, 3. bears, 4. exotic felids, and 5. exotic canids) are illegal, but there are a surprising number of species that are legal in New Jersey.

The 25 worst mammals to keep as pets - Vox

Posted: (4 days ago) Aside from that, the act of keeping a bat as a pet will cause it to experience terror, inappropriate and damaging nutrition and terrible loneliness and boredom. . Capybara. These giant rodents .

Photos: Texas family keeps world's largest rodent as .

Posted: (3 days ago) Wren estimates about a dozen or fewer Capybaras are kept as pets in the U.S. and said the area where she lives does not require a permit to own one, but he does require specialized veterinary care.

The Capybara As a Pet? You’ll Need Two!

Posted: (3 days ago) The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world - it kind of looks like a giant guinea pig.However, unlike its smaller cousin, (which is relatively easy to keep as a pet), the capybara will need some very specific care.

WEC393/UW438: Status of Capybaras (Hydrochoerus .

Posted: (2 days ago) A capybara sighting was first reported in Florida in 1992 as roadkill south of the Santa Fe River, east of La Crosse (Alachua County). Since then, at least 35 observations of capybaras in Florida have been reported to EDDMapS, a web-based mapping system developed by the University of Georgia for documenting invasive species (EDDMapS 2017).

Wild Animals/Exotics | Department Of Natural Resources .

Posted: (1 days ago) The animals listed below are examples of the exotic species regulated under Georgia Law. The Department should be consulted before any exotic animals which are not normally domesticated in Georgia are acquired. Hybrids or crosses between any combination of domestic animals, wildlife, or regulated wild animals and all subsequent generations are regulated in Georgia and may not be held without a .

These pets are banned in Pennsylvania - pennlive.com

Posted: (2 days ago) It's another "pocket pet" that's popular in some areas, but illegal in Pennsylvania. Lawrence's bill, if it were to become law, also seeks to make these legal to own as pets.


The Hydrochoerus hyrdrochaeris or capybaras are herbivorous mammals that live up to 7 years in the wild. These rodents can weigh anywhere between 77 to 143 pounds and grow up to 4.6 feet long.

According to National Geographic, these semi-aquatic mammals can be found mostly throughout northern and central South America as the biggest rodent on the Earth. However, a small invasive herd has been spotted in Florida.

You'll easily be able to identify a capybara when you come across a seemingly large guinea pig. They have stout bodies, no tails, rectangular heads, and little ears, which is partly responsible for their internet fame.

Known for various names, the word 'capybara' is derived from their Tupi name that roughly translates to "the one who easts slender leaves," while their Latin name means "water hog."

Capybaras love water just like your labrador. They have webbed feet that help them swim. Although these rodents can't stay underwater like their distant relatives, capybaras stay underwater with their noses sticking out for a prolonged period of time. They spend a lot of time in the water to eat vegetation and evading predators.

You may be thinking to yourself that these harmless and somewhat docile mammals are the perfect pets, especially since they're related to our beloved guinea pigs. Although you can easily spot capybara in South America, they are not domestic pets.


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