desmarest's hutia

Desmarest's Hutia ranges in size from 20 cm to 60 cm (8 in to 24 in). It weighs between 1 kg and 9 kg (2.2 lb to 20 lb), averaging 7 kg (15.5 lb). It has thick, coarse fur which extends to the tip of the tail. The colour of the body fur varies from black to brown, with a light sand colour and red also seen. The body is stocky and the legs short. It moves with a slow, waddling gait, but can perform a quick hop when pursued. The feet have five toes with large claws which assist the animal in climbing. The stomach is divided into three compartments by constrictions in the gut and is the most complex of any rodent.

Desmarest's Hutia, Capromys pilorides, also known as the Cuban Hutia, is a species of hutia endemic to Cuba. Growing to 60 cm (24 in), it is the largest of the extant hutia species, and is abundant throughout its range.


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