The Capybara’s large size is a great strength, as well as their excellent swimming skills, which are enhanced by their webbed toes. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are located on top of their head, giving them sharpened sight, smell and hearing, even when in the water. When Capybaras are threatened, they can hide in the water, only leaving the very top of their head exposed. They are so well-adapted that they can hold their breath for up to five minutes.
Despite how large the Capybara is, it is slow-moving and has a gentle, non-predatory disposition.
Best Animals to Adapt With
The Capybara is well-rounded, but excels in intelligence and wisdom. Other well-rounded creatures like the Piranha and the Macaw would be ideal adapting partners.
Due to its size, the Capybara makes a prized meal and therefore has many predators, including the harpy eagle, ocelot, caiman, jaguar, large snakes such as the anaconda, and man.
Increasing Their Survival Rate
Although Capybaras are not considered at risk, habitat loss has caused their population to decline.
Capybara is believed to mean “Master of the Grasses,” though its scientific name is derived from the Greek word meaning “water hog.” According to folklore, on October 19 each year, if a Capybara drinks from a calm Amazon stream and fails to see its reflection, it will swim out into the water, signifying that winter will soon commence. However, if it does see its reflection, it will supposedly retreat, signifying that summer will continue for six weeks.