How many baby Boehm’s gerbils are in a litter?
A Boehm’s gerbil (Gerbilliscus boehmi) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3.6 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Gerbilliscus). An adult Boehm’s gerbil grows up to a size of 15 cm (0′ 6″).
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.
Boehm’s gerbil (Gerbilliscus boehmi) is a species of gerbil found in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, and arable land. This is a common species with a wide distribution which faces no obvious threats, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of “least concern”.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Boehm’s gerbil is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Mountain spiny rat weighting only 159 grams
- Olive grass mouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Soft-furred Oldfield mouse weighting only 35 grams
- Wood lemming with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Euryoryzomys russatus weighting only 60 grams
- Nephelomys levipes weighting only 60 grams
- Balochistan gerbil with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Red hocicudo with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Fringe-tailed gerbil with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Mira climbing rat weighting only 184 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Boehm’s gerbil
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once: