IUCN Status: Least concern
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Capybara are the world's largest rodents and are closely related to guinea pigs. They are semiaquatic, are capable of holding their breath underwater for up to five minutes and have partially-webbed feet to help them swim.
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Capybaras are perfectly adapted for life in and around the water. As well as giving them a slightly snooty appearance, their eyes and ears are located high on their heads to avoid being submerged and remain alert when swimming in bodies of water within the forests and wetlands of their home ranges.
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Diet detail: Grasses, fruit, bark and aquatic plants,
Did you know?: These rodents of unusual size eat their own protein-rich poo in the mornings.