Feeding ecology and diet

Hutias are generally herbivorous feeding on a variety of bark, leaves, and fruits. They also occasionally eat lizards and other small animals. The stomach of Capromys is highly complex for a rodent, comprising three chambers each separated by a constriction. They possess open rooted molars and pre-molars that continue to grow throughout life.

The Jamaican hutia (Geocapromys brownii) lives in limestone rich environments. (Photo by Tom McHugh/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
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