Litter Size

How many babies does a Eurasian pygmy shrew have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Eurasian pygmy shrews are in a litter?

A Eurasian pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) usually gives birth to around 6 babies.With 1 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 6 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 23 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 5 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 1.6 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Soricidae family (genus: Sorex). An adult Eurasian pygmy shrew grows up to a size of 5.7 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 average litter size of a Eurasian pygmy shrew is 6

The Eurasian pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus), often known simply as the pygmy shrew, is a widespread shrew of northern Eurasia. It is the only shrew native to Ireland.Active throughout the day and night, the Eurasian pygmy shrew lives in undergrowth and leaf litter and lives off small insects and invertebrates. It has an average weight of 4 grams and has one of the highest metabolic rates of any animal, meaning it must eat at regular intervals — every two hours or so.The breeding season lasts from April through to August. Females usually produce between two and eight young per litter and care for the young in an underground nest. Since the gestation period is just over three weeks, they can have up to five litters in one year, though the life span of a pygmy shrew is a little over 15 months.In April 2008, the greater white-toothed shrew was discovered in Ireland. While the introduction of the species will possibly sustain threatened birds of prey, such as the barn owl, the nonnative mammal could threaten some of the smaller native species, such as the Eurasian pygmy shrew.

Other animals of the family Soricidae

Eurasian pygmy shrew is a member of the Soricidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Eurasian pygmy shrew

Those animals also give birth to 6 babies at once:

Animals that get as old as a Eurasian pygmy shrew

Other animals that usually reach the age of 2 years:

Animals with the same weight as a Eurasian pygmy shrew

What other animals weight around 4 grams (0.01 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Eurasian pygmy shrew

Also reaching around 5.7 cm (0′ 3″) in size do these animals: