The Largest Rodents

Rodents have been a part of this world for 83 million years but in this day and age we see rodents as unwanted guests that we can’t keep away from our garbage. Even though rodents are recognized for their small bodies, here is a list of a few of the largest rodents known to roam across planet earth.

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Capybara

The Capybara is the largest living rodent inhabiting Central and South America near rivers or lakes because they spend most of their time in the water. Since capybaras aren’t aggressive creatures, some people have domesticated these rodents. They do have the potential to become aggressive considering they are not meant to be pets.

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Cape Porcupines

The Cape Porcupine is the third largest living rodent in the world and Africa’s largest rodent period. Feeding mainly on roots and tubers, these creatures can weigh up to 60 pounds. Cape porcupines have around 30,000 quills with black and white stripes that easily separate them from other porcupine species.

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Flying Squirrels

The Flying Squirrel doesn’t actually fly like a bird instead they use the skin joined from their ankle to wrist to glide. In just one movement a flying squirrel can cover up to 150 feet. Humans have always been jealous of the abilities that flying squirrels have so skydivers designed a suit that allows them to imitate the gliding techniques of the flying squirrel.