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Capí Guazú (guaraní)
It is the greater living rodent, with a height of 50 to 55 cm and one length of 120 to 128 cm. Its weight is of 45 to 70 kg. It is from Panama to Argentina, in the province of Buenos Aires, except in very dry or mountainous regions. Its habitat is the interphase of aquatic environments with or without arboreal vegetation in the borders. Its greater density happens in zones with waters suspended and low like in the level ones of Venezuela, the pantanal of Brazil, or the Iberá´s marshes in Argentina. It is a very gregarious animal and they congregates in herds or very numerous familiar groups; the different groups mark and defend their territory, normally a male dominates the group.They eat vegetation composed by grasps and ciperales as well as aquatic plants are , mainly in the morning and to the dusk. They are very good swimmers and divers, submerge up to 10 minutes under the water without leaving to breathe. They reproduce in spring and summer, gestation lasts 4 to 5 weeks and they give birth 2 to 7 young.
Lactancy lasts 3 to 4 months. Their natural enemies are puma (concolor Puma) and the jaguar (Panthera onca), and to the young the cayman (Cayman Sp), foxes (Cerdocyon thous) and curiyú (Eunectes notaeus), also certain prey birds. It`s one of the South American species more used by his meat and its leather, of high quality for the work article manufacture and to dress. It anihilates some populations, nevertheless the species seems able to recover quickly and it is not in danger. In Argentina a program of captivity breeding in the Delta of Parana is developed.
The photo was taken in the La Plata zoo
Bibliography: Parera, Aníbal, Los mamíferos de la Argentina y la región austral de Sudamérica, El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, 2001.
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They make lots of damage and beautiful wallets. I have some pics with them commin' up. From Argentina.
- [2005-12-15 23:07]
Professor, suas NOTAS são sempre muito boas e ilustrativas. Parabéns.
Uma boa foto. Bem nítida. Boas cores.
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I like very much this big rodents! The shot is taken really close, the details are really ggod!
A nice shot of those strange animals.
Have a shot of those too at my local zoo.
Will post a pic of them tomorrow.
Thank you for the note, now I know what they are.
Here's one of mine Capybara.