Cuban Hutia


The Cuban Hutia, also known as Desmarest's Hutia, is a species of rodent endemic to Cuba. Its body length ranges from 30-60 cm with a tail length of 15-30 cm and it weighs up to 8.5 kg. Cuban Hutias eat mostly plants but are in fact omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and flesh. Their diet includes leaves, fruit, bark, lizards, and small animals. Cuban Hutias normally live in pairs, but can be found individually or in small groups. They are diurnal (active during the day) and do not live in burrows or holes like other rodents, so during the night they rest in hollows in rocks or trees.

I found these two high up in a tree. Soplillar, Playa Larga area, Cuba, 10 January 2016

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