Animal Weight

How much does a Capybara weight?

It is hard to guess what a Capybara weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) on average weights 48.14 kg (106.14 lbs).

The Capybara is from the family Caviidae (genus: Hydrochoerus). It is usually born with about 1.5 kg (3.31 lbs). They can live for up to 12 years. When reaching adult age, they grow up to 1.21 meter (4′ 0″). On average, Capybaras can have babies 1 times per year with a litter size of 3.

As a reference: An average human weights in at 62 kg (137 lbs) and reaches an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). Humans spend 280 days (40 weeks) in the womb of their mother and reach around 75 years of age.

The average adult weight of a Capybara is 48.14 kg (106.14 lbs)

The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is a giant cavy rodent native to South America. It is the largest living rodent in the world. Also called capivara (in Brazil), chigüire, chigüiro (in Colombia and Venezuela), carpincho (in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and ronsoco (in Peru), it is a member of the genus Hydrochoerus, of which the only other extant member is the lesser capybara (Hydrochoerus isthmius). Its close relatives include guinea pigs and rock cavies, and it is more distantly related to the agouti, the chinchilla, and the coypu. The capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals, but usually lives in groups of 10–20 individuals. The capybara is not a threatened species, but it is hunted for its meat and hide and also for grease from its thick fatty skin.

Animals of the same family as a Capybara

We found other animals of the Caviidae family:

Animals with the same weight as a Capybara

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris:

Animals with the same size as a Capybara

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Capybara:

Animals with the same litter size as a Capybara

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Capybara:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Capybara

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Capybara: