Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Capybara: also known as Capibara or Chupacabra , is the largest living rodent in the world. Capybaras have heavy, barrel-shaped bodies and short heads with reddish-brown fur on the upper part of their body that turns yellowish-brown underneath. Adult capybaras may grow to 130 centimetres (4.3 ft) in length, and weigh up to 65 kg (140 lb).Capybaras have slightly webbed feet, no tail and 20 teeth.

Their back legs are slightly longer than their front legs and their muzzles are blunt with eyes, nostrils, and ears on top of their head. Females are slightly heavier than males. Females average 36 to 66 kg (80 to 145 pounds), while males typically weigh about 34 to 61 kilograms (75 to 135 pounds).

Update: It’s not the first time a capybara has been spotted in Paso Robles, Tognazzini said. Game wardens received a report about three years ago of a capybara in a pond near Hunter Ranch Golf Course, but because there were no other sightings and beavers live in the area, they thought it was a mistaken report.
Tags: Andrew Hughan, capybara, capybara sighting in California, Hunter Ranch, hunter ranch golf course, large rodent, Lt. Todd Tognazzini, Paso Robles
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