How many baby Lataste’s gerbils are in a litter?
A Lataste’s gerbil (Gerbillus latastei) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 1 grams (0 lbs) and measure 3.4 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Gerbillus). An adult Lataste’s gerbil grows up to a size of 8.3 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.
Lataste’s gerbil (Gerbillus latastei) is distributed mainly in Tunisia, Libya, and possibly Algeria. It is also known as the hairy-footed gerbil.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Lataste’s gerbil is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Long-nosed Luzon forest mouse weighting only 34 grams
- Bunchgrass leaf-eared mouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Subalpine woolly rat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Smoky mouse weighting only 68 grams
- Bunker’s woodrat weighting only 375 grams
- Southwestern water vole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- San Lorenzo mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Insular vole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Acacia rat with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Gray leaf-eared mouse with 6 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Lataste’s gerbil
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once: