How many baby Madras treeshrews are in a litter?
A Madras treeshrew (Anathana ellioti) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 13.5 kg (29.76 lbs) and measure 1.7 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Tupaiidae family (genus: Anathana). An adult Madras treeshrew grows up to a size of 1.51 meter (5′ 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 Madras treeshrew (Anathana ellioti), also known as the Indian treeshrew, is a species of treeshrew in the monotypic genus Anathana found in the hill forests of central and southern India. The genus name is derived from the Tamil name of moongil anathaan (literally “bamboo squirrel”) and the species name is after Sir Walter Elliot of the Indian Civil Services in Madras.
Other animals of the family Tupaiidae
Madras treeshrew is a member of the Tupaiidae, as are these animals:
- Long-footed treeshrew with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Palawan treeshrew weighting only 168 grams
- Northern smooth-tailed treeshrew weighting only 50 grams
- Common treeshrew with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Bornean smooth-tailed treeshrew weighting only 60 grams
- Mountain treeshrew with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Painted treeshrew weighting only 168 grams
- Horsfield’s treeshrew with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Nicobar treeshrew weighting only 170 grams
- Ruddy treeshrew weighting only 168 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Madras treeshrew
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:
- Utah prairie dog
- European mink
- Brown four-eyed opossum
- Lesser Egyptian gerbil
- Senegal gerbil
- Japanese dormouse
- Darwin’s leaf-eared mouse
- Silver mountain vole
- Field vole
- American red squirrel
Animals with the same weight as a Madras treeshrew
What other animals weight around 160 grams (0.35 lbs)?
- American pika weighting 158 grams
- Haig’s tuco-tuco weighting 164 grams
- Western nesomys weighting 155 grams
- Hairless bat weighting 169 grams
- Ricefield rat weighting 165 grams
- Mexican ground squirrel weighting 177 grams
- Knox Jones’s pocket gopher weighting 172 grams
- Painted treeshrew weighting 168 grams
- Buettikofer’s epauletted fruit bat weighting 135 grams
- Steppe pika weighting 143 grams