The common name of the Capybara is thought to mean "Master of the Grasses", its scientific name comes from the Greek word for water hog. Some intresting facts about Capybaras, Capybaras have webbed toes which enables them to be excellent swimmers. Until 1969, they were also hunted in Brazil for their skin. Capybaras got their name from the Tupi language from Brazil. Their literal translation means “one who eats slender leaves”. The Capybara can walk on dry and wet lands. The capybara walks on four feet and walks slow with a pack of baby capybaras. The Capybara can not jump in any way. When the Capybara are being chased down for food they can run fast and hide from their enimies. Capybaras are herbivores and only eat vegetation.They eat mostly water plants and grasses, though grain, melons and squash can also be on the menu. Capybaras are semi-aquatic, spending a lot of time in the water. They inhabit southern Central America and northern South America in both savannas and rain forests near ponds, rivers, or lakes. Capybara. At about 50 cm (1.5 ft.) tall at the shoulder, 130 cm (4 ft.) in length, and 35-70 kg (75-150 lb.), the capybara takes the title of world's largest rodent. Capybaras are semi-aquatic, spending a lot of time in the water.
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