- "A species of large, amphibious gastropods, Hutts are noted for their vast appetites and widespread cultural involvement in organized crime. Their bodies average three meters in length, with large eyes and wide mouths offset by comparatively small upper appendages. Corpulence is a favored trait among Hutts, who believe that greater body mass indicates greater success and riches. Although Hutts are biologically hermaphrodites, many take on the gender roles of other species; scientists and sociologists disagree on the reason for this. Hutts are also considered one of the longest-lived species in the galaxy, with several documented individuals living for more than one thousand years. Culturally, Hutts favor entrepreneurial pursuits over direct action or labor. A vast number of these pursuits are based on illegal activities, with some Hutt clans constructing vast criminal empires that operate across numerous worlds for centuries at a time."
- ―In-game Codex (Species)
The Hutts are a race of large gastropods with stubby arms, wide cavernous mouths and huge eyes, who control a large criminal empire in Hutt Space. The species is said to originally hail from the planet Varl, but no planet by that name appears on any Galactic Republic star charts.
Their adopted homeworld, originally called "Evocar" and inhabited by the primitive Evocii, is now known as Nal Hutta (or simply "Hutta" by offworlders) which means "Glorious Jewel" in Huttese. The members of the species are often recognized as crime lords, due to the political and economic power of the criminal Hutt Cartels. The Hutts were aware of the Sith Empire prior to the Great Galactic War, but they kept it a secret.
They hoped that the Empire would help them eliminate their biggest rival; the Galactic Republic, which by this point was enjoying technological and economical prosperity. However, the Empire did not confide their invasion plans in the Hutts and began the war without them. Furious they had been left out, the Hutts refused to participate in the war and took a staunch neutral stance. After the war, the Hutts benefitted from the rampart crime and general chaos the war created, yet they maintained their neutrality for the entire Cold War.