Litter Size

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

How many baby Lesser capybaras are in a litter?

A Lesser capybara (Hydrochoerus isthmius) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 108 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 1.5 kg (3.31 lbs) and measure 6 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Caviidae family (genus: Hydrochoerus). An adult Lesser capybara grows up to a size of 1.21 meter (4′ 0″).

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 capybara is 4

The lesser capybara (Hydrochoerus isthmius) is a large semiaquatic rodent of the family Caviidae found in eastern Panama, northwestern Colombia, and western Venezuela. The lesser capybara was described as a species in 1912, but later demoted to a subspecies of the capybara (H. hydrochaeris). Following studies of anatonomy and genetics in the mid-1980s, it was recommended that it again should be recognized as a separate species, and this gained more widespread recognition in 1991, although some continue to consider it a subspecies.The lesser capybara closely resembles the capybara, but adults of the former species typically weigh up to about 28 kg (62 lb), while adults of the latter species weigh at least 35 kg (77 lb) and often much more. The lesser capybara breeds year-round, with an average litter size of 3.5. Individuals may be diurnal or nocturnal and solitary or social depending on season, habitat, and hunting pressure. This species is reported to be common in Panama, but rare in Venezuela. It is threatened by subsistence hunting, the destruction of gallery forests, and swamp drainage, specifically that of the Magdalena River. Its karyotype has 2n = 64 and FN = 104, compared to 2n = 66 and FN = 102 for H. hydrochaeris.

Other animals of the family Caviidae

Lesser capybara is a member of the Caviidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Lesser capybara

Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Lesser capybara

What other animals weight around 21.27 kg (46.89 lbs)?