Kruger Park Mammals - Greater Canerat
The Greater Canerat (Thryonomys swinderianus) is the second largest rodent in the Kruger, after the Porcupine, and can weigh up to 5.5 kilograms and live up to 5 years.
Kruger National Park Greater Cane Rat Distribution Map
The Greater Canerat can be found all over the Kruger National Park where its suited habitat is located. Generally they occur in marshy areas, areas with tall grasses or in reedbeds. They are always close to a permanent water source such as a river or dam. You can get good glimpses of these large rodents at Skukuza in front of the restaurant; just look for the rustles of grass in the reeds and wait.
More Information On Kruger's Greater Canerat
The Greater Canerat is herbivorous and mainly feeds on stems, sedges, roots and reeds. They drink a few times a day and are heavily water dependant. The Greater Canerat is mainly nocturnal but does feed well into the morning hours. They can either be solitary or occur in small groups of 3 - 10 animals. You can often hear them eat, as they chew very loudly and occasionally make grunting noises when they feed in their mixed groups.
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