Featured animal: Capybaras!

Capybaras live in South America. They have webbed feet to help them swim.In the September issue of Jr. Animal Scientist magazine, you can learn all about mammals. One interesting mammal is the capybara (pronounced cap-ee-bar-uh).

Capybaras are a kind of mammal called a rodent. Rodents are small mammals like rats and mice. Capybaras are the biggest rodents in the world. They are about 25 inches (64 cm) tall. That is as big as a medium-sized dog!

Capybaras have large, round bodies and small heads. Their fur is reddish-brown or yellowish-brown. They have long toes and slightly webbed feet.

Like many large mammals, capybaras are herbivores. This means they only eat plants. They like to eat grass, tree bark and fruit.

They live in forests and grassy savannahs in South America. Capybaras are semi-aquatic. This means that they go in water sometimes. They use their webbed feet to swim in rivers, lakes and swamps. Sometimes they even eat aquatic plants.

Capybaras are very useful animals. They are sometimes raised for their meat and their hide. Their hide can be made into leather.