Reproductive biology

Hutias give birth to small litters of highly precocial offspring following a relatively long gestation. The estrous cycle is normally 10 days, although in Capromys it has been reported as 16 days. Gestation in all species is between 110-150 days. A single infant is normal but litters of up to three for Geocapromys brownii or even six for Capromys pilorides have been known.

Young are highly precocial and mobile at birth, in most species weighing around 5-10% of adult weight. Breeding is probably aseasonal in the wild and up to two litters a year may be produced.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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