Litter Size

How many babies does a Lesser bandicoot rat have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Lesser bandicoot rats are in a litter?

A Lesser bandicoot rat (Bandicota bengalensis) usually gives birth to around 7 babies.With 5 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 35 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 18 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 4.7 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Bandicota). An adult Lesser bandicoot rat grows up to a size of 4 cm (0′ 2″).

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 Lesser bandicoot rat is 7

The lesser bandicoot rat, Sindh rice rat or Indian mole-rat (Bandicota bengalensis) is a giant rat of Southern Asia, not related to the true bandicoots which are marsupials. They can be up to 40 cm long (including the tail), are considered a pest in the cereal crops and gardens of India and Sri Lanka, and emit piglike grunts when attacking. The name bandicoot is derived from the Telugu language word pandikokku, which translates loosely to “pig-rat”. Like the better known rats in the genus Rattus, bandicoot rats are members of the family Muridae. Their fur is dark or (rarely) pale brown dorsally, occasionally blackish, and light to dark grey ventrally. The head-body length is around 250 mm, and the uniformly dark tail is shorter than the head-body length.

Other animals of the family Muridae

Lesser bandicoot rat is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Lesser bandicoot rat

Those animals also give birth to 7 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Lesser bandicoot rat

What other animals weight around 227 grams (0.5 lbs)?