The world's largest rodent, the capybara, is well adapted for an aquatic lifestyle. Its eyes, nose and ears are all located high on the head so they remain above water when the capybara swims.

Capybaras are social and use a variety of sounds, barks, chirps, huffs, whistles and purrs to communicate. They also use scent glands to mark their territory.

Central America
South America

At A Glance


Densely vegetated areas adjacent to water


Grasses, aquatic plants, grains, melons and squash


Central and South America