Litter Size

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

How many baby Hero shrews are in a litter?

A Hero shrew (Scutisorex somereni) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 6 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 1.6 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Soricidae family (genus: Scutisorex). An adult Hero shrew grows up to a size of 23.6 cm (0′ 10″).

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 Hero shrew is 1

The hero shrew (Scutisorex somereni), also known as the armored shrew, is a large shrew native to the Congo Basin of Africa. Its features are typical of a white-toothed shrew − short legs, slender snout, dense fur − except for a highly unusual spinal column. It has corrugated interlocking vertebrae that are unique among mammals except for its sister species, Thor’s hero shrew. This unique adaptation allows the animal to bear a huge amount of weight on its back − 72 kg (159 lb) according to an expedition team.The hero shrew lives in both lowland and mountain forests. They live in the undergrowth, feeding primarily on invertebrates. The evolutionary benefit of its unusual spine is not known; it is hypothesized that it allows the animal to push itself under logs and between palm leaves and the tree’s trunk to find food. The hero shrew is believed to hold magical powers by the local tribes. It is classified as Least Concern by IUCN.

Other animals of the family Soricidae

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

Animals that share a litter size with Hero shrew

Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Hero shrew

What other animals weight around 91 grams (0.2 lbs)?