How many baby European pine voles are in a litter?
A European pine vole (Microtus subterraneus) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.With 5 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 10 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 21 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 1 grams (0 lbs) and measure 3.2 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Microtus). An adult European pine vole grows up to a size of 15.4 cm (0′ 7″).
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 European pine vole (Microtus subterraneus), also known as the common pine vole, is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is native to much of Europe and parts of Asia.This is a widespread, common species that lives in many types of habitat.
Other animals of the family Muridae
European pine vole is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Golden-backed tree-rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Big-eared hopping mouse weighting only 89 grams
- Kemp’s gerbil with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Brukkaros pygmy rock mouse weighting only 20 grams
- Van Deusen’s rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Gould’s mouse weighting only 49 grams
- Malayan mountain spiny rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Bush rat with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Sody’s tree rat with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Eversmann’s hamster with 5 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with European pine vole
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Cape fox
- Cape gray mongoose
- White-throated woodrat
- Thick-tailed pygmy jerboa
- Lowland ringtail possum
- Black-tailed mosaic-tailed rat
- Eurasian beaver
- Indian hedgehog
- Pygmy marmoset
Animals with the same weight as a European pine vole
What other animals weight around 17 grams (0.04 lbs)?
- Hairy yellow-shouldered bat weighting 15 grams
- Chestnut dunnart weighting 16 grams
- Altiplano grass mouse weighting 20 grams
- Ultimate shrew weighting 16 grams
- Botta’s serotine weighting 15 grams
- Lesser red musk shrew weighting 15 grams
- Moon forest shrew weighting 18 grams
- Western pygmy possum weighting 15 grams
- Woermann’s bat weighting 16 grams
- Insular single leaf bat weighting 15 grams