How many baby Boehm’s gerbils are in a litter?
A Boehm’s gerbil (Tatera boehmi) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 5 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Tatera). An adult Boehm’s gerbil grows up to a size of 11.7 cm (0′ 5″).
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:
- Pygmy rock mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Gray leaf-eared mouse with 6 babies per pregnancy
- Brazilian arboreal mouse weighting only 21 grams
- Oecomys phaeotis weighting only 73 grams
- Grant’s rock mouse weighting only 40 grams
- White-throated woodrat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Big-eared climbing rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- White-ankled mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Melanomys caliginosus with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Ethiopian thicket rat weighting only 36 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Boehm’s gerbil
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once: