How many baby Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouses are in a litter?
A Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouse (Vandeleuria nolthenii) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 362 grams (0.8 lbs) and measure 12.9 cm (0′ 6″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Vandeleuria). An adult Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouse 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.
Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouse (Vandeleuria nolthenii), also known as Sri Lanka highland tree mouse or Podi-gas-miya (Sinhala: ශ්රී ලංකා ගස් මීයා), is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. The species is endemic to the highlands of Sri Lanka. It is a nocturnal arboreal mouse, which is named after A. C. Tutein-Nolthenius, an amateur zoologist who collected the first specimens in 1929.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouse is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Luzon hairy-tailed rat weighting only 170 grams
- Creek groove-toothed swamp rat with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Roraima mouse weighting only 33 grams
- Target rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Rümmler’s brush mouse weighting only 29 grams
- Mindanao montane forest mouse weighting only 34 grams
- Burrowing chinchilla mouse weighting only 83 grams
- Bunker’s woodrat weighting only 375 grams
- Reed vole with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Rothschild’s woolly rat with 1 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Nolthenius’s long-tailed climbing mouse
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once: