Posts tagged ‘Rodent’

What is a capybara?

We usually think of rodents only as small, gnawing creatures, such as squirrels, rats and mice.

But can you imagine a rodent as big as a large goat?  The capybara is.  In fact, it is the largest rodent living today.

When fully grown, a capybara may be as long as four feet and weigh over 100 pounds.

Capybara

It resembles an overgrown guinea pig.  Its thick body is covered with coarse, reddish-brown hair.  It has webbed toes and almost no tail.

This big, water-loving rodent lives along the banks and rivers and lakes in South America, where it feeds mainly on water plants and other vegetation.

At the slightest sign of danger, the shy capybara plunges into the water, often remaining below the surface for several minutes.

When resting on land it sits on its haunches like a dog.  The capybara’s voice is a low clicking sound.  It also makes sharp whistles and sometimes grunts like a pig. – Dick Rogers

 

What is a chinchilla?

The chinchilla is a small rodent closely related to the squirrel.  It looks somewhat like a long-tailed rabbit, but with smaller ears.

Chinchilla

When it is full grown the chinchilla is only about half the size of a rabbit.  Its native home is in the high, cold mountains of South America.

Chinchillas are shy little animals.  At the least alarm they scamper to the safety of their burrows among the rocks.  But they soon stick their heads out to see what is going on.

They sleep during the day and come out of their burrows of dust to feed on roots and grasses.  They hold food in their front paws and nibble it just as squirrels do.

Chinchillas are very valuable because of their thick bluish-grey for that makes beautiful fur coats.  For this reason there are not many wild chinchillas left.  Most of them have been trapped for their soft warm fur.

Chinchillas are now raised on farms for their fur just as mink and foxes are.   – Dick Rogers