How many baby Lesser mole-rats are in a litter?
A Lesser mole-rat (Spalax leucodon) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.With 1 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 3 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 29 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 4 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Spalacidae family (genus: Spalax). An adult Lesser mole-rat grows up to a size of 64.7 cm (2′ 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 lesser mole-rat (Spalax leucodon) is a species of rodent in the family Spalacidae found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, Turkey, Iran and Ukraine. There have been suggestions that its taxonomic position should change in the light of new scientific information. Modern authors tend to separate this and some closely related mole rat species from other Spalax species by classifying them into a separate genus named Nannospalax. A cariological study showed that Nannospalax leucodon is a superspecies consisting of several cariologically distinct cryptic species. According to this definition there are four separate cariological forms in the Carpathian Basin, one of them endangered and another one vulnerable while insufficient data are available to evaluate the conservation status of the other two forms.
Other animals of the family Spalacidae
Lesser mole-rat is a member of the Spalacidae, as are these animals:
Animals that share a litter size with Lesser mole-rat
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:
- Narrow-striped marsupial shrew
- Anderson’s gerbil
- Taiwanese brown-toothed shrew
- Neacomys tenuipes
- Severtzov’s jerboa
- Orange-bellied Himalayan squirrel
- Western mouse
- Chestnut climbing mouse
- Oligoryzomys fulvescens
- Creeping vole
Animals that get as old as a Lesser mole-rat
Other animals that usually reach the age of 4.5 years:
- Lemur-like ringtail possum with 4 years
- Evening bat with 5 years
- Fat-tailed gerbil with 4.33 years
- Sandhill dunnart with 5 years
- Southern brown bandicoot with 3.75 years
- Yellow-faced pocket gopher with 4.67 years
- European water vole with 5 years
- Brown four-eyed opossum with 4 years
- Hylaeamys megacephalus with 3.75 years
- Little free-tailed bat with 5 years
Animals with the same weight as a Lesser mole-rat
What other animals weight around 188 grams (0.41 lbs)?
- Mindoro striped rat weighting 152 grams
- Townsend’s ground squirrel weighting 207 grams
- New Britain naked-backed fruit bat weighting 179 grams
- Southern pig-footed bandicoot weighting 220 grams
- Annandale’s rat weighting 197 grams
- Altiplano chinchilla mouse weighting 170 grams
- Nectomys squamipes weighting 185 grams
- Little golden-mantled flying fox weighting 184 grams
- Thirteen-lined ground squirrel weighting 175 grams
- Small sun squirrel weighting 174 grams