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Capybaras are the largest rodent in the world. They stand 50cm tall and can weigh up 70kg. They are semi-aquatic and have partially webbed feet making them great swimmers and their eyes, ears and nostrils are located at the top of their head so this helps them keep most of their bodies below the water like a hippopotamus.
Capybaras live close to water whether it be a river, pond or marsh. They eat the plants that grow in this wet environment and will dive into the water to escape from predators.
Like other rodents, their front teeth are continually growing and are worn down by the tough plants that they eat.
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Up to 12 years
Found in all countries in South America except Chile.
130 - 150 days