Hutias generally inhabit forested or rocky areas where they are mainly arboreal. They are known to climb well and use tree holes and rock crevices as dens. Mesocapromys auritus and M. angelcabrerai are known to build large obvious stick nests in areas of mangrove forest, some of which may be communal.

Most species are nocturnal, although Capromys pilorides is reported to be both nocturnal and diurnal. Geocapromys in-grahami occurs at densities of up to 30 individuals per hectare on East Plana Cay in the Bahamas occupying rough limestone cliffs and scrub. Very little ecological data exists on most species.

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