Litter Size

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

How many baby Gansu shrews are in a litter?

A Gansu shrew (Sorex cansulus) usually gives birth to around 5 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 10 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 90 grams (0.2 lbs) and measure 2.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Soricidae family (genus: Sorex). An adult Gansu shrew grows up to a size of 8 cm (0′ 4″).

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 Gansu shrew is 5

The Gansu shrew (Sorex cansulus) is a red-toothed shrew found only in a small part of Gansu province and other adjacent areas of China. With its very limited range, it is sensitive to habitat loss and is listed as a “vulnerable species” in the Chinese Red List, while the IUCN lists it as being “data deficient”

Other animals of the family Soricidae

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

Animals that share a litter size with Gansu shrew

Those animals also give birth to 5 babies at once:

Animals with the same size as a Gansu shrew

Also reaching around 8 cm (0′ 4″) in size do these animals: