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Central and South America


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.

HABITATDensely vegetated areas adjacent to water
DIETGrasses, aquatic plants, grains, melons and squash
LIFE Expectancy8-10 years

Fun Fact
Chinchillas have the second densest hair coats of any mammal with up to 60 hairs growing from each follicle. The densest coat belongs to the sea otter.
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