How many baby Chinese bamboo rats are in a litter?
A Chinese bamboo rat (Rhizomys sinensis) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 90 grams (0.2 lbs) and measure 2.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Rhizomys). An adult Chinese bamboo rat grows up to a size of 21 cm (0′ 9″).
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 Chinese bamboo rat (Rhizomys sinensis) is a species of rodent in the family Spalacidae found in southern China, southern Myanmar, and northern Vietnam. Its habitat is bamboo thickets usually at high elevations, pine forests, and plantations.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Chinese bamboo rat is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Chelemys megalonyx weighting only 50 grams
- Dressy Oldfield mouse weighting only 76 grams
- Cozumel harvest mouse weighting only 20 grams
- Long-tailed Talaud mosaic-tailed rat raching a size of 15.2 cm (0′ 6″)
- Nephelomys levipes weighting only 60 grams
- Gray-bellied tree mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Crafty vesper mouse weighting only 27 grams
- Scolomys melanops weighting only 26 grams
- Yellow-nosed cotton rat with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Zagros Mountains mouse-like hamster with 4 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Chinese bamboo rat
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once: