JoeJoe is a pet capybara in Las Vegas who loves hanging out with his dog and cat friends. Mellow and social, capybara in the wild roam in family packs of four to 100, which means they love company. For JoeJoe, that includes the other pets in the household.
Capybara are the world’s largest rodent species, and are most closely related to guinea pigs. In the wild, they split their time between the land and water; their webbed back feet help with swimming. The capybara diet is mostly grass, with a mix of water plants and fruit for variety.
While not truly domesticated as pets, the gentle and mild-mannered capybara can easily make themselves at home in your home. They can be house-trained to use a litter box like a cat or rabbit, and while often described as nocturnal, domestic capybara enjoy being active during the daylight hours.
To keep a capybara happy, they must have access to water for swimming, a sunny outdoor area to run and play, a shady area to escape the heat, and a heat lamp in the winter. Plenty of wood and sticks to wear down their ever-growing teeth is a must, or regular visits to the exotic animal vet for regular filing will be necessary.
Capybara are legal to own in Texas and Pennsylvania. Every state has different rules on exotic pet ownership and a special license may be required in your state. Interested? Meet the exotic animal veterinarian in your area, and get a sense of what type of regular care your capybara will need and what the associated costs will be.