MASTERS OF THE GRASS
CAPYBARAS IN CAPTIVITY
Capybaras adapt well in different
climates. They need a heat source in
the bitter cold winters. They enjoy the
snow and we have seen them running
and twirling in the snow They retreat
to their cozy warm house after their
Being true "grass eaters: they will
keep your backyard lawn in tip top
shape. Shown is "Little" the back
Mother Capy taking a break
from her youngsters.She had 7
The babies in the photo were born in
the early morning..They are born
with a full set of fur, opened eyes,
and full set of teeth. In the photo
they are only a few hours old. They
are very good swimmers at birth.
A small group of babies exploring the back
Female capybaras can have a liter of
babies from 1to 8 every 150 days..
Capys are very family orientated
species. All family members will help
to protect the young in any danger.
Baby Capys enjoying the shade of
the trees in the back yard.
Infant capys (at least a week old) must
have a source of heat and water available.
Babies need to be left with their mothers
for at least a week for a good start in life.
Capybara spend most of the day time
basking in the sun. Since they are
creatures and travel through the night
time they spend most of the day light
resting and soaking up the warm sun.
Breeder capys wandering around the
pond looking for the feed bucket. Semi
aquatic creatures breed in the water
and spend a lot of time in the water.
Wading pools make great swimming
areas for the babies. They will get in
a pool on their first day of birth.
They can swim very well as infants.
Capys enjoy a quiet area to roam.
They are truly grass lovers and
enjoy the taste of fruits and veggies.
If the grass is limited one can also
give them cattle pellets and hay.
Capybaras make great outside pets.
They will learn the lease but a collar
work much better. The babies prefer
to be the boss and will bond and
become your friend when they want
too. A food source makes a great
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A male capybara in captivity in a
This photo was taken by a
on a trip to South America.
Mary Lee Stropes
Shad EE Shack Farm
Booneville, Arkansas 72927
It Is Retirement Time
We are officially retiring our Capybara Program. I retired three years ago to enjoy the animals
and I have had great joy with them. I have gotten older right along with them. Our breeders have
come to the time in their lives that are too old to produce. I plan to let them enjoy their retirement
in luxury. These gentle giants will be able to roam in their pens to eat, sleep and swim whenever
they desire. I will be available to help you with any questions about capybaras. I have several
friends that will have capybaras and I will refer you to them .....feel free to contact me.
It has been a great journey and there is nothing better than to have enjoyed them for so long.
I know they will have a good life at the farm...they have always had the best care.
I LOVE MY CAPYS