Capybaras have many adaptations that allow them to survive in South American rainforests. Their partially webbed feet help them to be strong swimmers. The capybaras’ eyes, nostrils, and ears are on the top of its head, so they can stay hidden in the water from predators and also keep cool. They can hold their breath for five minutes underwater.
Due to climate change, the capybaras will need to adapt to a drier environment with less water. Since a capybara has coarse and sparse hair, it will grow thicker hair so that its skin is not exposed to the sun. In addition, they will develop sweat glands to stay cool. Because capybaras won't be able to hide underwater, their bodies will be thinner with longer legs to escape from predators. Their paws will also have claws to defend themselves. Capybaras will be able to survive in future rainforests with these adaptations.
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