How many baby Geata mouse shrews are in a litter?
A Geata mouse shrew (Myosorex geata) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 3 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Soricidae family (genus: Myosorex). An adult Geata mouse shrew grows up to a size of 6.9 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 Geata mouse shrew (Myosorex geata) is a species of mammal in the family Soricidae endemic to Tanzania. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Other animals of the family Soricidae
Geata mouse shrew is a member of the Soricidae, as are these animals:
- Mindanao shrew weighting only 10 grams
- Asian house shrew with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Myosorex varius with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Transcaucasian water shrew raching a size of 8.6 cm (0′ 4″)
- Verapaz shrew weighting only 7 grams
- Montane white-toothed shrew weighting only 14 grams
- Buettikofer’s shrew with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Ruwenzori shrew weighting only 18 grams
- Smoky white-toothed shrew with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Apennine shrew weighting only 8 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Geata mouse shrew
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:
- Indian hedgehog
- Colorado chipmunk
- Bennett’s chinchilla rat
- Red squirrel
- Sundevall’s jird
- Desert pygmy mouse
- European water vole
- Giant forest hog
- Dark bolo mouse
- Long-tailed giant rat
Animals with the same weight as a Geata mouse shrew
What other animals weight around 9 grams (0.02 lbs)?
- Natal long-fingered bat weighting 10 grams
- Madagascar sucker-footed bat weighting 9 grams
- White-bellied lesser house bat weighting 10 grams
- Philippine forest roundleaf bat weighting 9 grams
- Antillean ghost-faced bat weighting 8 grams
- Chestnut long-tongued bat weighting 8 grams
- Tailed tailless bat weighting 10 grams
- Lesser long-tongued bat weighting 8 grams
- Paucident planigale weighting 9 grams
- Evening bat weighting 9 grams