How many baby Lesser cane rats are in a litter?
A Lesser cane rat (Thryonomys gregorianus) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 4 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 91 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 21 grams (0.05 lbs) and measure 36.8 cm (1′ 3″). They are a member of the Thryonomyidae family (genus: Thryonomys). An adult Lesser cane rat grows up to a size of 18.4 cm (0′ 8″).
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 lesser cane rat (Thryonomys gregorianus) is a species of rodent in the family Thryonomyidae. It is found in Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and possibly Mozambique. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, and shrub-dominated wetlands.
Other animals of the family Thryonomyidae
Lesser cane rat is a member of the Thryonomyidae, as are these animals:
- Greater cane rat with 3 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Lesser cane rat
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Ord’s kangaroo rat
- Cape dune mole-rat
- Mountain mosaic-tailed rat
- Leopard cat
- Silvery mole-rat
- Large treeshrew
- Brown hyena
- Southern brown bandicoot
- Spotted linsang
Animals with the same weight as a Lesser cane rat
What other animals weight around 2.71 kg (5.97 lbs)?
- Short-eared possum usually reaching 3.13 kgs (6.9 lbs)
- Common brushtail possum usually reaching 2.69 kgs (5.93 lbs)
- American hog-nosed skunk usually reaching 2.58 kgs (5.69 lbs)
- Aye-aye usually reaching 2.74 kgs (6.04 lbs)
- White-sided jackrabbit usually reaching 2.61 kgs (5.75 lbs)
- Sunda stink badger usually reaching 2.5 kgs (5.51 lbs)
- Rüppell’s fox usually reaching 3.25 kgs (7.17 lbs)
- Ground cuscus usually reaching 2.6 kgs (5.73 lbs)
- Wedge-capped capuchin usually reaching 2.79 kgs (6.15 lbs)
- Long-tailed pangolin usually reaching 2.75 kgs (6.06 lbs)