Litter Size

How many babies does a Common degu have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Common degus are in a litter?

A Common degu (Octodon degus) usually gives birth to around 5 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 10 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 90 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 14 grams (0.03 lbs) and measure 5.7 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Octodontidae family (genus: Octodon). An adult Common degu grows up to a size of 28 cm (1′ 0″).

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 average litter size of a Common degu is 5

The common degu (Octodon degus; ), or, historically, the degu, is a small hystricomorpha rodent endemic to the Chilean matorral ecoregion of central Chile. The name degu on its own indicates either the entire genus Octodon or, more commonly, just the common degu. Common degus belong to the parvorder Caviomorpha of the infraorder Hystricognathi, along with the chinchilla and guinea pig. The word degu comes from the indigenous language of Chile, Mapudungun, and the word dewü, meaning ‘mouse’ or ‘rat’.The animal may be kept as a pocket pet, except there are prohibitions on their ownership in some territories. As a pet, the animal is larger than a golden hamster but smaller than a fancy rat.

Other animals of the family Octodontidae

Common degu is a member of the Octodontidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Common degu

Those animals also give birth to 5 babies at once:

Animals that get as old as a Common degu

Other animals that usually reach the age of 7.08 years:

Animals with the same weight as a Common degu

What other animals weight around 203 grams (0.45 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Common degu

Also reaching around 28 cm (1′ 0″) in size do these animals: