TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword………………………………………………………………. 1
Acknowledgments………………………………………………….. 5
Table of Contents…………………………………………………… 7
Chapter 1 – Understanding the Capybara……………. 13
Threats………………………………………………………………… 14
Native Habitat……………………………………………………….. 14
Physical Characteristics………………………………………… 15
Size and Weight……………………………………………………. 15
Head and Jaws……………………………………………………… 15
Scent Marking……………………………………………………….. 16
Vocalizations…………………………………………………………. 17
Life Span………………………………………………………………. 18
Social Behavior……………………………………………………… 19
Do They Make Good Pets?…………………………………….. 19
Highly Specific Habitat Needs………………………………….. 20
Social Herd Animals………………………………………………. 20
Learn Well and Are Trainable………………………………….. 21
House Training………………………………………………………. 22
Biting and Aggression……………………………………………. 24
Digging and Escapes …………………………………………….24
Male or Female?…………………………………………………… 25
Capybaras and Other Pets?………………………………….. 25
Legal Considerations…………………………………………….. 27
Estimated Purchase Price…………………………………….. 28
Pros and Cons of Capybara Ownership………………….. 28
Chapter 2 – Buying a Capybara…………………………… 31
Kapi’yva Exotics…………………………………………………… 32
Tri-Lakes Exotics………………………………………………….. 33
Considering Shipping……………………………………………. 33
Travel Nightmares………………………………………………… 34
Identifying a Healthy Capybara……………………………….. 35
Physically Inspecting the Animal……………………………. 38
Eyes…………………………………………………………………… 38
Ears…………………………………………………………………… 38
Nose…………………………………………………………………… 39
Overall Condition…………………………………………………. 39
Demeanor…………………………………………………………… 40
Estimated Costs………………………………………………….. 40
Chapter 3 – Daily Care of a Capybara…………………. 43
Keeping Captive Groups……………………………………….. 44
Avoiding Unplanned Litters…………………………………….. 45
Room for Just One?…………………………………………….. 46
Introducing New Group Members…………………………… 46
Habitat and Shelter………………………………………………. 47
Fencing………………………………………………………………. 48
A Pool or Tank……………………………………………………… 48
Room to Swim………………………………………………………49
Temperature and Humidity…………………………………….. 50
Lighting……………………………………………………………….. 51
Substrate and Bedding…………………………………………. 51
Accessories………………………………………………………… 51
Habitat Maintenance…………………………………………….. 52
Inside Time…………………………………………………………. 52
Digestion and Nutrition…………………………………………. 53
Feeding………………………………………………………………. 54
Hay as a Staple……………………………………………………. 56
Food Containers………………………………………………….. 57
Hydration…………………………………………………………….. 57
Harness and Leash……………………………………………… 57
Chapter 4 – Health Care for Your Capybara……….. 59
Cuts and Scrapes……………………………………………….. 60
Parasites and Mange Mites…………………………………… 60
Scurvy from Vitamin C Deficiency…………………………. 60
Dental Malocclusion…………………………………………….. 61
The Issue of Environmental Toxins………………………… 62
The Problem of Capybara Health Care………………….. 63
Finding an Exotic Animal Vet………………………………… 63
Chapter 5 – Breeding Capybaras………………………. 65
Sexual Maturity and Fertility…………………………………… 65
Capybara Mating…………………………………………………. 65
Pregnancy and Birth……………………………………………. 66
Capybara Pups…………………………………………………… 66
Chapter 6 – Frequently Asked Questions………….. 67
How big do they really get?…………………………………… 67
What are rodents, anyway?………………………………….. 67
What is the second largest rodent?……………………….. 68
Where do capybaras live in the wild?…………………….. 68
When are capybaras most active?………………………… 68
Do capybaras have special adaptations?……………….. 69
Is it true that a capybara can get a sunburn?…………… 69
How do capybaras use pools of water?………………….. 69
What is the raised structure on the nose?………………. 70
Do capybaras make noises?………………………………… 70
How large are capybara groups?…………………………… 70
Isn’t grass hard to digest?…………………………………….. 71
What are the capybara’s natural predators?……………. 71
How long do capybaras live?…………………………………. 72
Are capybaras endangered?…………………………………. 72
Afterword……………………………………………………………. 73
Relevant Websites………………………………………………. 75
Glossary…………………………………………………………….. 77
Index………………………………………………………………….. 81