Animal Size

Hispaniolan hutia size: How big do they get?

How big does a Hispaniolan hutia get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium) reaches an average size of 30 cm (1′ 0″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). During their lifetime of about 9.83 years, they grow from 105 grams (0.23 lbs) to 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs). A Hispaniolan hutia has 1 babies at once. The Hispaniolan hutia (genus: Plagiodontia) is a member of the family Capromyidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium) is one of several hutia (also called zagouti, and jutía in Spanish) species to have inhabited at some time the island of Hispaniola (island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic). P. aedium is the only scientifically confirmed extant species of the genus Plagiodontia; other species are either extinct or being debatedly catalogued as P. aedium subspecies. The name Plagiodontia means “oblique tooth” in Greek.

Animals of the same family as a Hispaniolan hutia

We found other animals of the Capromyidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Hispaniolan hutia

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Hispaniolan hutia:

Animals with the same litter size as a Hispaniolan hutia

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (1) as a Hispaniolan hutia:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Hispaniolan hutia

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Hispaniolan hutia:

Animals with the same weight as a Hispaniolan hutia

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Plagiodontia aedium: