How many baby Damaraland mole-rats are in a litter?
A Damaraland mole-rat (Cryptomys damarensis) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.With 4 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 12 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 83 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 8 grams (0.02 lbs) and measure 3.6 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Bathyergidae family (genus: Cryptomys). An adult Damaraland mole-rat grows up to a size of 21.4 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 Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis), Damara mole rat or Damaraland blesmol, is a burrowing rodent found in southern Africa. Along with the smaller, less hairy, naked mole rat, it is one of only two known eusocial mammals.
Other animals of the family Bathyergidae
Damaraland mole-rat is a member of the Bathyergidae, as are these animals:
- Mechow’s mole-rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Ansell’s mole-rat weighting only 85 grams
- Mashona mole-rat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Silvery mole-rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Naked mole-rat with 11 babies per pregnancy
- Common mole-rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Cape dune mole-rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Namaqua dune mole-rat with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Cape mole-rat with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Zambian mole-rat weighting only 76 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Damaraland mole-rat
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:
- Savanna gerbil
- Tullberg’s soft-furred mouse
- Striped hog-nosed skunk
- Plains rat
- Woolly hare
- Short-tailed mongoose
- Japanese shrew mole
- Yarkand hare
- Common punaré
- Middle East blind mole-rat
Animals with the same weight as a Damaraland mole-rat
What other animals weight around 112 grams (0.25 lbs)?
- Tristram’s jird weighting 112 grams
- Dusky spiny tree-rat weighting 108 grams
- Southern African vlei rat weighting 114 grams
- Madagascan flying fox weighting 122 grams
- Large tree mouse weighting 95 grams
- Northern pika weighting 120 grams
- Tete veld aethomys weighting 133 grams
- Libyan jird weighting 91 grams
- Pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel weighting 100 grams
- Kemp’s gerbil weighting 100 grams