How many baby Dark-footed mouse shrews are in a litter?
A Dark-footed mouse shrew (Myosorex cafer) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 3 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Soricidae family (genus: Myosorex). An adult Dark-footed mouse shrew grows up to a size of 6.9 cm (0′ 3″).
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 dark-footed mouse shrew (Myosorex cafer) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae found in Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It was formerly sometimes called the dark-footed forest shrew.
Other animals of the family Soricidae
Dark-footed mouse shrew is a member of the Soricidae, as are these animals:
- Scaly-footed small-eared shrew weighting only 11 grams
- Preble’s shrew weighting only 3 grams
- Grasse’s shrew raching a size of 6.3 cm (0′ 3″)
- Johnston’s forest shrew weighting only 3 grams
- Azumi shrew raching a size of 6 cm (0′ 3″)
- Aberdare mole shrew with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Mindanao shrew weighting only 10 grams
- American water shrew with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Savanna shrew weighting only 10 grams
- Lowe’s shrew raching a size of 6.9 cm (0′ 3″)
Animals that share a litter size with Dark-footed mouse shrew
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Van Deusen’s rat
- Iberian lynx
- Lichtenstein’s jerboa
- Spotted-necked otter
- Clara’s echymipera
- Rock hyrax
- Richmond’s squirrel
- Blanford’s rat
- Golden-backed tree-rat
Animals with the same weight as a Dark-footed mouse shrew
What other animals weight around 12 grams (0.03 lbs)?
- Black-gilded pipistrelle weighting 10 grams
- Mexican free-tailed bat weighting 12 grams
- Glen’s wattled bat weighting 10 grams
- Roberts’s flat-headed bat weighting 14 grams
- Himalayan shrew weighting 14 grams
- Olive-backed pocket mouse weighting 11 grams
- Long-clawed shrew weighting 14 grams
- Usambara shrew weighting 11 grams
- African black shrew weighting 11 grams
- Upemba shrew weighting 14 grams