Capybara

The semi-aquatic Capybara is the largest rodent in the world, weighing between 60 and 100 pounds and reaching almost two feet in height. Indigenous to Central and South America, these mammals inhabit dense swamps, marshes and bodies of water in forests. They are very social and like to gather near water in groups of between 10 and 30. Capybaras sleep very little, instead resting, cooling down in water and wallowing in mud. Despite their enormous size, they have specifically adapted to an amphibious lifestyle. Capybaras eat aquatic plants, grass, fruit and grains, and like their rodent relatives, chinchillas and guinea pigs, their two front teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. They have short stocky limbs and hoof-like claws that help them swim and prevent them from sinking too deep in the mud.

  • Agility: 5/10

  • Charisma: 5/10

  • Intelligence: 8/10

  • Speed: 4/10

  • Stamina: 5/10

  • Strength: 5/10

  • Wisdom: 8/10

  • TOTAL: 40/70
Strengths
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.

Weaknesses
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.

Enemies
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.

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Folklore
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.