How many baby Lesser short-tailed gerbils are in a litter?
A Lesser short-tailed gerbil (Dipodillus simoni) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 25 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 674 grams (1.49 lbs) and measure 3.6 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Dipodillus). An adult Lesser short-tailed gerbil grows up to a size of 15.8 cm (0′ 7″).
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 short-tailed gerbil (Dipodillus simoni) is distributed mainly from eastern Morocco to Egypt. It is also known as Simon’s dipodil. After morphological and molecular studies in 2010 Dipodillus was ranged as a subgenus of Gerbillus, and Dipodillus simoni was renamed into Gerbillus simoni.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Lesser short-tailed gerbil is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Brown rat with 8 babies per pregnancy
- Mindanao mountain rat raching a size of 12.8 cm (0′ 6″)
- Nectomys rattus weighting only 249 grams
- Mount Apo forest mouse weighting only 34 grams
- Nephelomys keaysi weighting only 58 grams
- Nikolaus’s mouse weighting only 52 grams
- Great Key Island giant rat raching a size of 27.5 cm (0′ 11″)
- Atlantic Forest climbing mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Townsend’s vole with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Crete spiny mouse weighting only 62 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Lesser short-tailed gerbil
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:
- Turkestan red pika
- Lesser capybara
- Iberian shrew
- Red-cheeked dunnart
- Brown four-eyed opossum
- Japanese grass vole
- Red fox
- Townsend’s chipmunk
- Montane wood mouse
Animals with the same weight as a Lesser short-tailed gerbil
What other animals weight around 17 grams (0.04 lbs)?
- Bates’s shrew weighting 16 grams
- Little yellow-shouldered bat weighting 20 grams
- Montane white-toothed shrew weighting 14 grams
- Lesser red musk shrew weighting 15 grams
- Northern short-tailed shrew weighting 18 grams
- Wood sprite gracile opossum weighting 18 grams
- Shrew-toothed shrew tenrec weighting 18 grams
- Gerbil leaf-eared mouse weighting 17 grams
- Toltec fruit-eating bat weighting 15 grams
- Gray short-tailed bat weighting 15 grams