Nonnatives - Capybara

Capybara - Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

Large rodent from South America that might have originated from escapes from a wildlife research facility. Population size, trends, and impact on native species are unknown. Although not reported breeding in the wild, sightings are not uncommon, and a breeding population may exist.

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
ALACHUA 2000   Not reported breeding Some animals reportedly escaped from captive herd in 2001
BRADFORD 1990s   Not reported breeding  
UNION 1995   Not reported breeding Animal killed on Interstate 10 in 2001
SARASOTA 2001   Not reported breeding Adult animal killed on State Road 72 just east of the Myakka River bridge (P. Beshoff, FDEP, Myakka River State Park, personal communication)

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