How many baby Père David’s moles are in a litter?
A Père David’s mole (Talpa streeti) 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 3 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3.4 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Talpidae family (genus: Talpa). An adult Père David’s mole grows up to a size of 13.9 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:
- Pyrenean desman with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Townsend’s mole with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Kloss’s mole with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Small Japanese mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Spanish mole weighting only 48 grams
- Chinese shrew mole weighting only 16 grams
- European mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Broad-footed mole with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Himalayan mole becoming 1.5 years old
- Sado 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:
- Silky pocket mouse
- Japanese mountain mole
- Red spiny rat
- Flat-headed shrew
- Shipton’s mountain cavy
- Transandinomys bolivaris
- Nelson’s pocket mouse
- Large vlei rat
- Hartwig’s soft-furred mouse
Animals with the same size as a Père David’s mole
Also reaching around 13.9 cm (0′ 6″) in size do these animals:
- Stephens’s kangaroo rat gets as big as 11.6 cm (0′ 5″)
- Taiga vole gets as big as 15.6 cm (0′ 7″)
- Bramble Cay melomys gets as big as 14.7 cm (0′ 6″)
- Glacier rat gets as big as 12.8 cm (0′ 6″)
- Plains viscacha rat gets as big as 12.9 cm (0′ 6″)
- Big-eared hopping mouse gets as big as 11.7 cm (0′ 5″)
- Garden dormouse gets as big as 13.8 cm (0′ 6″)
- Bunny rat gets as big as 14.2 cm (0′ 6″)
- Temminck’s flying squirrel gets as big as 11.8 cm (0′ 5″)
- Mitchell’s hopping mouse gets as big as 11.3 cm (0′ 5″)