Litter Size

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

How many baby Giant otter shrews are in a litter?

A Giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 4 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 750 grams (1.65 lbs) and measure 2 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Tenrecidae family (genus: Potamogale). An adult Giant otter shrew grows up to a size of 32 cm (1′ 1″).

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 Giant otter shrew is 2

The giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) is a semiaquatic, carnivorous afrotherian mammal. It is found in the main rainforest block of central Africa from Nigeria to Zambia, with a few isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. It lives in streams, wetlands and slow flowing larger rivers. It is monotypic in the genus Potamogale. Otter shrews are most closely related to the tenrecs of Madagascar.Contrary to its name, the giant otter shrew is not a true shrew (Soricidae). The common name refers to their resemblance to otters with their flat face and stiff whiskers, and the otter shrews’ overall superficial similarity to true shrews. They are nocturnal carnivores that feed on aquatic animals.

Other animals of the family Tenrecidae

Giant otter shrew is a member of the Tenrecidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Giant otter shrew

Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Giant otter shrew

What other animals weight around 685 grams (1.51 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Giant otter shrew

Also reaching around 32 cm (1′ 1″) in size do these animals: