How many baby African marsh rats are in a litter?
A African marsh rat (Dasymys incomtus) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 6.87 kg (15.15 lbs) and measure 62.1 cm (2′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Dasymys). An adult African marsh rat grows up to a size of 17.5 cm (0′ 7″).
To have a reference: Humans obviously usually have a litter size of one ;). Their babies are in the womb of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks) and reach an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). They weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual, and reach an average age of 75 years.
The African marsh rat or common dasymys (Dasymys incomtus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae.It is found in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Its natural habitats are moist savanna, temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, and swamps.
Other animals of the family Muridae
African marsh rat is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Oligoryzomys fulvescens with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Gleaning mouse weighting only 35 grams
- Mount Apo forest mouse weighting only 34 grams
- Desert pygmy mouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Painted big-eared mouse weighting only 51 grams
- Northern grasshopper mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Brants’s whistling rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Delany’s mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Montane Oldfield mouse weighting only 77 grams
- San Lorenzo mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with African marsh rat
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Spotted-necked otter
- Texas kangaroo rat
- Indian palm squirrel
- Yunnan hare
- Pel’s flying squirrel
- Eurasian beaver
- Selous’s mongoose
- Gray-bellied tree mouse
- Cape genet
Animals with the same weight as a African marsh rat
What other animals weight around 128 grams (0.28 lbs)?
- Stein’s rat weighting 151 grams
- Tsing-ling pika weighting 105 grams
- Baird’s pocket gopher weighting 136 grams
- Round-tailed ground squirrel weighting 148 grams
- Common treeshrew weighting 132 grams
- Brooke’s squirrel weighting 114 grams
- Greater fairy armadillo weighting 129 grams
- Waterhouse’s swamp rat weighting 146 grams
- Egyptian fruit bat weighting 134 grams
- Ruwenzori otter shrew weighting 112 grams