Capybars are inhabited in such countries as Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Guyana, Uruguay, French Guiana. The main advantage for settling in these territories is the temperature of air and water. Animals do not dig holes, but live right in open areas. Often capybar can be found in the mountains at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level.
Some researchers consider the dwarf variety capybar as a separate species. A small cappuccino is distributed in North-Western Venezuela, as well as from Northern Panama to Colombia.
Capybars lead a semi-aquatic life and spend most of the time in the water, moving away from it no more than 500 or 1,000 meters. In the dry season, animals are forced to migrate far from their native places. Gathering in groups, sometimes up to 100 individuals, capybaras search for ponds and food, passing great distances. Animals eat grass and water vegetation, which are found in meadows along rivers and in water bodies.