By: Shannon Lamb
Hello everyone! Today we will be going on a tour through the rain forest! Put on your rain coats! Shhhh we need to be quiet so we don't scare the animals. ''Munch munch munch'' Look there's a Capybara eating some grass, and another drinking from that water hole! Capybara usually live near a water hole because when a predator is close, they will hide in the water hole. Would you like to keep learning about Capybaras?
Appearance & Classification
The Capybara is about as big as a small house dog. Bigger than you thought huh? Capybara weigh 60 to 170 pounds. That is more than I weigh! Capybaras can grow up to about one foot tall. This animal is covered by fur. The Caybaras fluffy fur can be: brown, yellow, red and grey. These outstanding animals are able to hold there breath for five minutes! This animal is a mammal. A Capybara can live 8 to 10 years! Would you like to have a Capybara for a pet? You can in some places around the world!
The Capybara lives in South America. In South America, this awesome animal will live in the rain forest habitat. A Capybara's home has closely packed plants and damp surroundings. This amazing animal loves to swim. So they normally live near a pond, river, lake or water hole. A Capybara's habitat is really cool!
Predator & Prey
A Capybara is not a very strong animal. The Capybara has many predators. Here are some: jaguar, anaconda, caiman (large bird), and the harpy eagle. This cute but fairly fast animal runs like a horse, or hides in water to escape from its predator. The Capybara will only run if the predator is a distance away. If the predator is close, it will hide in the water. A Capybara has to be aware at all times!
Mom & Babies
The mom and babies will stay close together. The babies can not run as fast as their mother.
Capybaras hang out in herds. They will travel in groups.
Capybaras will lay in the dirt or shade of a tree to cool down.