Litter Size

How many babies does a Derby’s woolly opossum have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Derby’s woolly opossums are in a litter?

A Derby’s woolly opossum (Caluromys derbianus) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 2 grams (0 lbs) and measure 12.5 cm (0′ 5″). They are a member of the Didelphidae family (genus: Caluromys). An adult Derby’s woolly opossum grows up to a size of 23.1 cm (0′ 10″).

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 Derby's woolly opossum is 3

Derby’s woolly opossum (Caluromys derbianus), or the Central American woolly opossum, is an opossum found in deciduous and moist evergreen forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to western Ecuador and Colombia. It was first described by English naturalist George Robert Waterhouse, and named in honor of Edward Smith-Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. Derby’s woolly opossum is the largest in its genus, with a total length of 60 to 70 centimetres (24 to 28 in) and weight between 200 and 400 grams (7.1 and 14.1 oz). The coat is brown and the underside white-buff to golden-brown. The opossum is nocturnal (active mainly at night), arboreal (tree-living) and solitary. Diet consists of fruits, nectar, small invertebrates and vertebrates. The time when breeding takes place varies geographically. The litter size ranges from one to six. The IUCN classifies this opossum as least concern.

Other animals of the family Didelphidae

Derby’s woolly opossum is a member of the Didelphidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Derby’s woolly opossum

Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:

Animals that get as old as a Derby’s woolly opossum

Other animals that usually reach the age of 5 years:

Animals with the same weight as a Derby’s woolly opossum

What other animals weight around 328 grams (0.72 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Derby’s woolly opossum

Also reaching around 23.1 cm (0′ 10″) in size do these animals: