Litter Size

How many babies does a Desert kangaroo rat have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Desert kangaroo rats are in a litter?

A Desert kangaroo rat (Dipodomys deserti) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 6 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 30 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 27.5 cm (0′ 11″). They are a member of the Heteromyidae family (genus: Dipodomys). An adult Desert kangaroo rat grows up to a size of 13.8 cm (0′ 6″).

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 Desert kangaroo rat is 3

The desert kangaroo rat (Dipodomys deserti) is a rodent species in the family Heteromyidae that is found in desert areas of southwestern North America. It is one of the large kangaroo rats, with a total length greater than 12 inches (30 cm) and a mass greater than 3.2oz (91g).

Other animals of the family Heteromyidae

Desert kangaroo rat is a member of the Heteromyidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Desert kangaroo rat

Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Desert kangaroo rat

What other animals weight around 108 grams (0.24 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Desert kangaroo rat

Also reaching around 13.8 cm (0′ 6″) in size do these animals: