Animal Size

Derby’s woolly opossum size: How big do they get?

How big does a Derby’s woolly opossum get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Derby’s woolly opossum (Caluromys derbianus) reaches an average size of 23.1 cm (0′ 10″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). Usually, they reach an age of 5 years. A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 328 grams (0.72 lbs). A Derby’s woolly opossum has 3 babies at once. The Derby’s woolly opossum (genus: Caluromys) is a member of the family Didelphidae.

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.

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Derby’s woolly opossum (Caluromys derbianus), or the Central American woolly opossum, is an opossum found in deciduous and moist evergreen forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to western Ecuador and Colombia. It was first described by English naturalist George Robert Waterhouse, and named in honor of Edward Smith-Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. Derby’s woolly opossum is the largest in its genus, with a total length of 60 to 70 centimetres (24 to 28 in) and weight between 200 and 400 grams (7.1 and 14.1 oz). The coat is brown and the underside white-buff to golden-brown. The opossum is nocturnal (active mainly at night), arboreal (tree-living) and solitary. Diet consists of fruits, nectar, small invertebrates and vertebrates. The time when breeding takes place varies geographically. The litter size ranges from one to six. The IUCN classifies this opossum as least concern.

Animals of the same family as a Derby’s woolly opossum

We found other animals of the Didelphidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Derby’s woolly opossum

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Derby’s woolly opossum:

Animals with the same litter size as a Derby’s woolly opossum

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Derby’s woolly opossum:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Derby’s woolly opossum

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Derby’s woolly opossum:

Animals with the same weight as a Derby’s woolly opossum

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Caluromys derbianus: