Hydrochaeridae

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Hydrochaeridae

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Large terrestrial and semi-aquatic herbivore rodent; the body is covered with coarse, reddish brown to grayish hair; underparts are lighter yellow-brown

Size

Head and body length 39.4-51.2 in (100-130 cm); shoulder height up to 19.7 in (50 cm); average weight 138.9 lb (63 kg)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 1 species

Habitat

Lowland wetlands of forest, woodland, savanna, and open areas

Conservation status

Not threatened

Distribution

Range spans in lowlands from Panama throughout South America to Northern Argentina and Uruguay

Distribution

Range spans in lowlands from Panama throughout South America to Northern Argentina and Uruguay

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