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Masters of the Grass Capybara "Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris" Capybaras are the largest living rodents. They are found in South America. When the European Naturalists visited South America they called the capybara "water hogs or Orinoca". The name Hydrochoerus means water pig, but they are not pigs nor totally aquatic. The size of the capybara with tasty meat, valuable leather, and medicable use of the fat and their high reproductive rate makes the capybara candidates for ranching and intense husbandry. Raising capybara in captivity is having the opportunity of experiencing South America in your backyard. Capybara adapt easily in captivity. They require similar habitats as in the wild. Capybaras are grassland, wetlands creatures therefore their need for grass and water is essential. The first and utmost concern is water. They adapt quickly to any water hole. If there is no pond on the property they will substitute with a tub, children's swimming pool, or an old bathtub. I have raised capybaras for several years. Our crew eats anything and everything. The breeders have Creeper pellets, hay, veggies and fruit. I buy over ripe food from the store for them. The babies eat differently. We usually pull them from their moms at seven days old. They are born with their eyes open, and nibbling grass along side of the mom. They also get fruit and veggies. I also give them milk supplement (warmed) with puppy chow on top of the milk. They also get dry puppy chow as free feed. Their favorite food of all is corn on the cob. As babies they do not eat the cob, but adults do. As a general matter, they are grass eaters. In Brazil Indians raise capybaras for the meat. Capybaras's meat look and taste like pork. We went over to teach the Guato Indian Tribe in Brazil how to raise them in a pen. The capybara is their main source of food. My breeders are at the farm and have a pond for their water. The babies have pans and a wading pool for their water. It is necessary for them to be able to wet their skin. We have different types of shelter and heat sources for them in the winter...they have to be wet and warm.

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