Animal Size

Gambian pouched rat size: How big do they get?

How big does a Gambian pouched rat get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) reaches an average size of 36.3 cm (1′ 3″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs). On birth they have a weight of 22 grams (0.05 lbs). Talking about reproduction, Gambian pouched rats have 3 babies about 2 times per year. The Gambian pouched rat (genus: Cricetomys) is a member of the family Muridae.

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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The Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), also known as the African giant pouched rat, is a nocturnal pouched rat of the giant pouched rat genus Cricetomys, and is among the largest muroids in the world, growing up to about 0.9 metres (3 ft) long including their tail which makes up half their length. It is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging geographically from Senegal to Kenya and from Angola to Mozambique (although it is absent from much of the DR Congo, where Emin’s pouched rat is present) and in altitude from sea level to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft).The animals are sometimes kept as pets, but some have escaped from captivity and become an invasive species in Florida. The CDC and FDA in the US now ban the importation of this species. It is also blamed for an outbreak of monkeypox.

Animals of the same family as a Gambian pouched rat

We found other animals of the Muridae family:

Animals with the same size as a Gambian pouched rat

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

Animals with the same litter size as a Gambian pouched rat

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Gambian pouched rat:

Animals with the same weight as a Gambian pouched rat

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Cricetomys gambianus: