A capybara is a large rodent that resembles a guinea pig with webbed skins. It is considered a half-terrestrial and half-aquatic mammal that needs both land and water to thrive. They can be found all over the world, but they are widespread in Central and South America. In North America, they are not easy to find and owners usually buy them from breeders. There are some states where they are legal to own, while in California and Florida, capybara is strictly prohibited. Because capybaras are prone to scurvy and do not produce enough vitamin C in their body, you need to provide a granulated food that contains additional vitamin C. Feed guinea pig pellets and occasionally give fruit treats like carrots. Capybaras eat only about three to six species of plants in the wild. The most common ingredient in a capybaras diet for pets should be high-quality grass hay, which is offered in piles or bales. Orchard hay and Timothy`s hay are both available in pet stores and large pet grocery stores. In states like Georgia and California, capybaras are banned as pets. Speaking of the state where you can freely and comfortably own a capybara, it is legal to adopt a capybara in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. As with some areas, you will need a certificate or permit to have this animal in your possession.
Let`s see why capybaras are illegal in the city of California. Capybaras can indeed be very friendly. You will make friends, often befriend other animals and enjoy cuddling them, and a domesticated Capybara will not only tolerate human contact, but also enjoy spending time with his human family. Wild capybaras, on the other hand, tend to be shy and are unlikely to approach people. Like its guinea pig cousin, the Capybara can be a loving and loving companion, but will usually be quite shy at first. Young capybaras are usually tame, and even if you get one as an adult, it will warm you up, although it may take some time. But even within states, regulations often vary. Counties, cities, and even neighborhoods may also have their own laws about keeping capybaras as pets. You should also check the alliances, conditions, and restrictions (CC and R) in your area. There may also be regulations included in the deeds of your home.
You may also need to seek consent from other residents in your area. Depending on where you live, it may be illegal to own a capybara. Some environments may require a permit or health certificate. For example, capybaras are banned as pets in California and Georgia. However, they are legal to own in Texas, Pennsylvania and New York. Even if a state allows it, some cities can`t do it. Capybaras are considered illegal pets in all five boroughs of New York City. Before you buy one, contact your local city government or animal welfare society to find out if it`s legal to own a capybara you live in.
Most states require that supplies of capybaras be requested and approved individually by the relevant state regulator. For example, in Oregon, all exotic animals must obtain an import permit from the Oregon Department of Agriculture`s Animal Health and Identification Division. Hand-bred capybaras are usually quite tame, but if you get an adult capybara as a pet, you need to be patient until it warms up for you. Capybaras are not likely to bite people. However, if they feel threatened or provoked, they will use their huge teeth to defend themselves and may bite. In general, capybaras tend to be nervous and shy. In addition to the veterinary examinations required on the animals to be imported, importers must also ensure that the animals maintain a habit adapted to their needs. Laws vary from state to state, but most states require that the cages in which animals travel be large enough to comfortably accommodate animals. In California, a single capybara must have 100 square feet of cage space, with each additional capybara requiring an additional 50 feet of space and a 5-foot ceiling.
A swimming pool and rodent trunks should also be placed in the cage. Cages should be clean, free of infections and equipped with plenty of tasty food and drinking water. Capybaras should also not be chained unless the cage is cleaned or in an emergency. A pair of capybaras requires at least 250 square meters of space. It must be a fenced area and a covered shelter for use at night. Capybaras can jump and climb, so make sure the fence around the enclosure is at least 4 feet high and regularly check for holes through which they can escape.