How many baby Cape short-eared gerbils are in a litter?
A Cape short-eared gerbil (Desmodillus auricularis) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 27 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 2 grams (0 lbs) and measure 2.8 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Desmodillus). An adult Cape short-eared gerbil grows up to a size of 20.3 cm (0′ 8″).
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 Cape short-eared gerbil (Desmodillus auricularis) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is the only species in the genus Desmodillus.It is found in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.Its natural habitats are hot deserts and temperate desert.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Cape short-eared gerbil is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Grassland mosaic-tailed rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Southern red-backed vole with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Black-tailed mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Djoongari with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Melanomys zunigae weighting only 53 grams
- Big-headed African mole-rat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Salt marsh harvest mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Abyssinian grass rat weighting only 73 grams
- Monte gerbil mouse weighting only 18 grams
- Microryzomys altissimus weighting only 13 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Cape short-eared gerbil
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Black-striped squirrel
- Kellen’s dormouse
- Fishing cat
- Pipistrellus mimus
- African yellow bat
- American black bear
- Greater stick-nest rat
- Southern pig-footed bandicoot
- Bornean ferret-badger
Animals with the same weight as a Cape short-eared gerbil
What other animals weight around 54 grams (0.12 lbs)?
- Northern collared lemming weighting 46 grams
- Andean rat weighting 53 grams
- Rupp’s mouse weighting 49 grams
- Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat weighting 56 grams
- Star-nosed mole weighting 48 grams
- Black-tailed mosaic-tailed rat weighting 60 grams
- Aratathomas’s yellow-shouldered bat weighting 49 grams
- Cave nectar bat weighting 58 grams
- Eremoryzomys weighting 60 grams
- Panamint chipmunk weighting 51 grams