Geographical Range Central and South America
Habitat River banks
Scientific Name Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
Conservation Status Common

The capybara is the largest rodent in the world. It weighs about 100 pounds and stands two feet tall at the shoulder. This semi-aquatic animal of South America is an excellent swimmer and diver. It can stay underwater for several minutes without taking a breath and can sleep underwater with its nose poking out above the waterline. When it hears danger, it dives beneath the water and hides.

Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hydrochaeridae