How many baby Link rats are in a litter?
A Link rat (Deomys ferrugineus) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 200 grams (0.44 lbs) and measure 0.4 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Deomys). An adult Link rat grows up to a size of 62.4 cm (2′ 1″).
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 link rat (Deomys ferrugineus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is also known by the common name Congo forest mouse. It is native to central Africa.It is 12-14.5 cm long with a 15–21 cm long tail. It weighs 40-70 g. It has long legs and a pointed, narrow head, surmounted by enormous ears. It has a very long, bicoloured tail. The back and forehead are rich orange and brown and the underside is white. The rump hairs are stiff.The link rat is nocturnal and crepuscular. It prefers seasonally flooded forest floors between Cameroon and the Victoria Nile. It has a widespread but scattered distribution and is seldom common. It feeds mainly on insects, crustaceans, slugs and some fallen fruits, notably palm-nut husks.The link rat has traditionally been placed as a member of the subfamily Dendromurinae along with the African climbing mice, but has been demonstrated to be more closely related to the spiny mice on the basis of molecular data. A new subfamily (Deomyinae) has now been created, which contains this species, plus the spiny mouse (Acomys), the brush furred mice (Lophuromys spp.), and Rudd’s mouse (Uranomys). This group is supported by several recent phylogenetic studies.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Link rat is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- African pygmy mouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- House mouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Desert mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Peruvian fish-eating rat weighting only 40 grams
- Oligoryzomys nigripes weighting only 34 grams
- Robert’s snow vole with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Kemp’s grass mouse weighting only 26 grams
- Sandy inland mouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Australian swamp rat with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Bushveld gerbil with 4 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Link rat
Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once:
- Mindanao treeshrew
- Olive colobus
- Dian’s tarsier
- Townsend’s big-eared bat
- Common thick-thumbed bat
- Big brown bat
- Mauritian tomb bat
- Wall-roosting mouse-eared bat
Animals with the same weight as a Link rat
What other animals weight around 57 grams (0.13 lbs)?
- Gray-cheeked flying squirrel weighting 63 grams
- Yellow-rumped leaf-eared mouse weighting 53 grams
- Fringed fruit-eating bat weighting 63 grams
- California vole weighting 57 grams
- African wading rat weighting 62 grams
- Edward’s swamp rat weighting 63 grams
- Mearns’s pouched mouse weighting 64 grams
- Natal multimammate mouse weighting 62 grams
- Dusky-footed elephant shrew weighting 57 grams
- Arends’s golden mole weighting 52 grams