These timid, forest-dwelling animals have long, rough fur. Most of their coats are a combination of white to pale gray fur with dark brown or black markings on the face and body.
They have small ears, long whiskers and a densely furred tail. Their large hind feet and long claws make them excellent climbers.
Although giant cloud rats are widespread and locally abundant, population stability is threatened by the destruction of forest habitats and hunting for food.
This species is legally protected from hunting, except by indigenous people using traditional hunting methods. Giant cloud rats are found in several national parks and other local protected areas.