Litter Size

How many babies does a Malagasy giant rat have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Malagasy giant rats are in a litter?

A Malagasy giant rat (Hypogeomys antimena) usually gives birth to around 1 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 8 grams (0.02 lbs) and measure 5.5 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Hypogeomys). An adult Malagasy giant rat grows up to a size of 30.6 cm (1′ 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 average litter size of a Malagasy giant rat is 1

The Malagasy giant rat (Hypogeomys antimena), also known as the votsotsa or votsovotsa, is a nesomyid rodent found only in the Menabe region of Madagascar. It is an endangered species due to habitat loss, slow reproduction, and limited range (200 square kilometres north of Morondava, between the rivers Tomitsy and Tsiribihina) Pairs are monogamous and females bear only one or two young per year. It is the only extant species in the genus Hypogeomys; another species, Hypogeomys australis, is known from subfossil remains a few thousand years old.

Other animals of the family Muridae

Malagasy giant rat is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Malagasy giant rat

Those animals also give birth to 1 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Malagasy giant rat

What other animals weight around 1.18 kg (2.6 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Malagasy giant rat

Also reaching around 30.6 cm (1′ 1″) in size do these animals: