Physical characteristics

The head is big and there is no evident neck. Incisors are big, strong, easily visible, and generally have an orange coloration on their frontal side. Limbs are powerful and short, and the ears are reduced. Their forepaws sport strong nails with characteristic supraungual hair combs. The tail is medium in length, stiff, and almost hairless.

Size ranges approximately from 8.6 in (22 cm) in C. pundti to 16.9 in (43 cm) in C. conoveri (total length), and their weights vary 3.5-38.8 oz (100-1,100 g).

The coat color is also variable, from pale to black. The majority of the species have brown reddish pelage.

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