Capybaras and Guinea Pigs

Capybaras are one of the cutest things on the internet, and their affable personalities make them instant hits on social media. Capybaras and guinea pigs are related, though not as closely as you may think, based on their looks.

What is a Capybara?

Capybaras are the largest rodents on the planet, with some members coming in at over 150 pounds. They generally have light brown coats with dark skin underneath. As an interesting adaptation, capybara feet are webbed so they can swim.

How do Capybaras Live?

Wild capybaras live in small herds, just like guinea pigs. They tend to live in groups of five to ten, generally in areas where they can access water. They use the water to stay cool through the hottest parts of the day. Capybara are also crepuscular, meaning they’re most active at dawn and dusk.

These creatures live in Central and South America, though most people think of capybara as living in the Andes Mountains. They are found near rivers, marshes, and wetlands, which limits their range.

Capybara surrounded by lush greenery

What Do Capybaras Eat?

Capybaras are herbivores with voracious appetites. The largest capybaras eat more than seven pounds of various grasses per day. All of this grass helps them maintain the loveable shape everyone loves.

Are Capybaras Endangered?

At present, capybara are not listed as endangered. However, like thousands of other species, capybara are at risk due to deforestation and human encroachment on their natural habitats.

How Closely Are Capybaras and Guinea Pigs Related?

Guinea pigs and capybara are from the same family, which means they are different species in different geneses. However, as far as evolution goes, that’s a close relationship. No wonder you can see the similarities between capybara and guinea pigs.

Young capybara foraging on grass

Can Capybaras and Guinea Pigs Live Together?

Capybara make their way around the internet for their docile nature and ability to hang out with almost any creature. However, since they are different species, capybara and guinea pigs should not be deliberately housed together. The strain of long-term cohabitation could result in health problems.

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