Capybaras Are The Largest Rodents in the World

Posted by Christy Caplan

Sugar gliders, capybaras, and wallabies are just a few of the exotic creatures that you can legally welcome into your household.

As with choosing any pet, it is important to do your research and have a full understanding of their needs before bringing them home; a number of exotic pets are nocturnal, and many of them are social and need to live in a group.

But if you plan accordingly, you may end up with the best -- and coolest -- pet you've ever had.

The capybara is one of the largest rodents in the world and can weigh up to 140 pounds, but they sure are cute! They're semi-aquatic animals, so if you're looking to adopt a capybara, they'll definitely need access to water in order to swim around.


Is it legal to own a capybara?

This semi-aquatic rodent is legal to own in Texas and Pennsylvania. In some states, they are legal but require licenses. If you're unsure, check with your local registration before deciding to bring home a capybara as a pet.

How much is a capybara pet?

According to The Spruce Pets, the cost runs about $1,000 to $3,000:

"Females are usually more expensive. Keep in mind, you have to buy at least two. First, make sure there is an exotics veterinarian in your area who has experience treating guinea pigs and large rodents like capybaras."

Are capybaras good pets?

Perhaps these creatures are meant to be in the wild.

The Verge says their hair isn't as coarse as a pig, and they're not cuddly like a dog.

"They can get up to a hundred and thirty, a hundred and forty pounds, and because they're territorial, they're not trying to run away. They'll just poke around the yard, and I suppose it keeps your grass under control, you don't have to mow as much."

Behavior and temperament

Although mostly adorable and sweet, capybaras can be a challenging pet. They do better in groups as they are extremely social animals, so pet owners should avoid getting a single capybara.


Capybara World is a great resource. They tell us that an environment allowing capybara's to show off their natural behaviors is key. The two most important requirements for a capybara enclosure are a large pond or pool and access to grazing.

Other fun facts?

  • Capybaras as pets or wild animals? They need a lot of space and a swimming pool as they are excellent swimmers.
  • They eat their own poop. Sorry.
  • They may not be legal in your state!
  • They need to keep their teeth clean and healthy. They need to chew often.
  • They're an herbivore and owning one is a recent trend. They eat hay and pellets fortified with vitamin C (like hamsters).
  • These big rodents are semi-aquatic.

Do you or anyone you know, live with exotic animals? Please comment below! 

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Capybaras Are The Largest Rodents in the World