How many baby Dwarf hutias are in a litter?
A Dwarf hutia (Mesocapromys nanus) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 34 grams (0.07 lbs) and measure 1.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Capromyidae family (genus: Mesocapromys). An adult Dwarf hutia grows up to a size of 30.1 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 dwarf hutia (Mesocapromys nanus) is known only from Cuba. It was last seen in 1937.The hutias are heavily built guinea pig-like rodents with broad rounded heads. They have relatively small eyes and short rounded ears. The average tail and body length of this hutia is unknown. Some hutias have prehensile tails, meaning they are able to use them for gripping and climbing. Unlike the larger litter sizes of many other rodents, the dwarf hutia gave birth to only a single offspring.The dwarf hutia became critically endangered due to loss of habitat and the introduction of mongooses and black rats. The discovery of tracks and droppings in the Zapata Swamp gives hopes that this species has survived. It was initially described based on fossil material, but was later found to be extant.
Other animals of the family Capromyidae
Dwarf hutia is a member of the Capromyidae, as are these animals:
- Black-tailed hutia with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Hispaniolan hutia with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Desmarest’s hutia with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Eared hutia with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Jamaican coney with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Little Swan Island hutia weighting around 1.5 kilograms (3.31 lbs)
- Prehensile-tailed hutia with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Bahamian hutia with 1 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Dwarf hutia
Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once: