How many baby Indian long-eared hedgehogs are in a litter?
A Indian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus collaris) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 38 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 9 grams (0.02 lbs) and measure 5.5 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Erinaceidae family (genus: Hemiechinus). An adult Indian long-eared hedgehog grows up to a size of 16.3 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 Indian long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus collaris) is a small species of mammal native to northern India and Pakistan. It is insectivorous and nocturnal.
Other animals of the family Erinaceidae
Indian long-eared hedgehog is a member of the Erinaceidae, as are these animals:
- Hainan gymnure weighting only 52 grams
- Southern white-breasted hedgehog with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Amur hedgehog raching a size of 24.9 cm (0′ 10″)
- Four-toed hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Long-eared hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Indian hedgehog with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Shrew gymnure with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Hugh’s hedgehog raching a size of 20 cm (0′ 8″)
- North African hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Brandt’s hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Indian long-eared hedgehog
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:
- Namaqua dune mole-rat
- Coast mole
- Lesser Egyptian jerboa
- Desert hedgehog
- Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk
- Thick-tailed three-toed jerboa
- Gansu pika
- Narrow-striped marsupial shrew
- Asiatic long-tailed climbing mouse
- Hispid pocket mouse
Animals with the same size as a Indian long-eared hedgehog
Also reaching around 16.3 cm (0′ 7″) in size do these animals:
- Stein’s rat gets as big as 17.1 cm (0′ 7″)
- Tawny-bellied cotton rat gets as big as 18 cm (0′ 8″)
- American red squirrel gets as big as 18.8 cm (0′ 8″)
- Nicobar flying fox gets as big as 16.9 cm (0′ 7″)
- Plateau pika gets as big as 17 cm (0′ 7″)
- Kimberley rock rat gets as big as 14.6 cm (0′ 6″)
- Sonoma chipmunk gets as big as 13.4 cm (0′ 6″)
- Amazon weasel gets as big as 15.5 cm (0′ 7″)
- Père David’s mole gets as big as 14 cm (0′ 6″)
- Chestnut-bellied spiny rat gets as big as 16.7 cm (0′ 7″)