The Cuban Hutia, also known as the Desmarest’s Hutia, is the largest endemic mammal native to Cuba and also the largest species of Hutia. Endemic means found in the wild nowhere else in the wild.
In the wild, this species lives in montane cloud forests, coastal semi desert, semi-deciduous forests, marsh areas and mountainous regions.
They are mainly arboreal, which means they spend a lot of time in tress and have large claws to help them climb.
The Cuban Hutia is an omnivore, which means they eat both plants and animals, and their diet consists of leaves, fruit, bark, reptiles, insects and other small animals.
Lifespan – 8-11 years (captivity)
IUCN Conservation Status – Least Concern