How many baby Père David’s moles are in a litter?
A Père David’s mole (Talpa davidiana) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.With 1 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 3 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 517 grams (1.14 lbs) and measure 1.7 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Talpidae family (genus: Talpa). An adult Père David’s mole grows up to a size of 14 cm (0′ 6″).
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.
Père David’s mole (Talpa davidiana) is a mole found only in Kurdistan Province, Iran. It is listed as a data deficient species. The species is named after the zoologist Armand David. As T. streeti, it is known as the Persian mole.
Other animals of the family Talpidae
Père David’s mole is a member of the Talpidae, as are these animals:
- Sado mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Gansu mole raching a size of 8.9 cm (0′ 4″)
- Coast mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Russian desman with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Eastern mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Japanese mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- True’s shrew mole with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Japanese mountain mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Altai mole with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Père David’s mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Père David’s mole
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:
- Andean mountain cavy
- Smoky white-toothed shrew
- Four-toed hedgehog
- Small Japanese mole
- North African hedgehog
- Hylaeamys megacephalus
- Major’s pine vole
- Woodland thicket rat
- Long-eared hedgehog
- Mount Kahuzi climbing mouse
Animals with the same size as a Père David’s mole
Also reaching around 14 cm (0′ 6″) in size do these animals:
- Malagasy slit-faced bat gets as big as 11.5 cm (0′ 5″)
- Siberian chipmunk gets as big as 14.8 cm (0′ 6″)
- Dayak fruit bat gets as big as 12.9 cm (0′ 6″)
- Gray mouse lemur gets as big as 14 cm (0′ 6″)
- Roman mole gets as big as 14.5 cm (0′ 6″)
- Black-tailed mosaic-tailed rat gets as big as 13.6 cm (0′ 6″)
- Bramble Cay melomys gets as big as 14.7 cm (0′ 6″)
- Highland brush mouse gets as big as 12.7 cm (0′ 5″)
- Talazac’s shrew tenrec gets as big as 15 cm (0′ 6″)
- Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat gets as big as 13.1 cm (0′ 6″)