Learn about the largest rodents here or anywhere at the Abilene Zoo.

Fast Facts

The capybara is the largest rodent in the world.

The scientific name for capybara comes from Hydro chaeris, which means "water hog" in Greek.

Seventy-five percent of a capybara’s diet is only three to six types of plants.

Like those of other rodents, a capybara’s front teeth are always growing.

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