Distribution

The coypu is native to the temperate zones (southern parts) of South America ranging from central Bolivia and southern Brazil to Paraguay, Uruguay, and Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina. It was introduced to North America, northern Asia, eastern Africa, and Europe mostly for the value of its furs or to control evasive aquatic plant species. The animal is not well adapted to cold conditions, often becoming more active during the warmer days (rather than during the colder nights) and tending to huddle together in burrows with other coypus on cold nights.

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