Litter Size

How many babies does a Perote ground squirrel have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Perote ground squirrels are in a litter?

A Perote ground squirrel (Spermophilus perotensis) usually gives birth to around 6 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 11 grams (0.02 lbs) and measure 5.2 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Sciuridae family (genus: Spermophilus). An adult Perote ground squirrel grows up to a size of 17.9 cm (0′ 8″).

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 Perote ground squirrel (Xerospermosphilus perotensis) is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to Mexico and is currently at risk of extinction. Perote ground squirrels live within the same area as rock squirrels (Otospermophilus variegatus) but they use different microhabitats. In one case it also shares its habitat with the Mexican ground squirrel (Ictidomys mexicanus). Perote ground squirrels have traits similar to those of spotted ground squirrels (X. spilosoma pallescens) found in the northern Mexican Plateau; however they are larger, have shorter tails and yellow backs. Its skull is relatively narrow with a large braincase and they have heavy, thick teeth. Perote ground squirrels have two annual cycles, an active phase (March–November) and a hibernation phase (December–February). Some overlap may occur in March and November however.X. perotensis was first described as a species in 1893. Much research is being done recently, and many scientists think it should be classified as a subspecies of X. spilosoma. “In either case, and regardless of the position one might adopt around species concepts, it is evident that X. perotensis constitutes an independent and isolated biological entity that has evolved under restricted geographical and ecological contexts as a consequence of recent Pleistocene events”.

Other animals of the family Sciuridae

Perote ground squirrel is a member of the Sciuridae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Perote ground squirrel

Those animals also give birth to 6 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Perote ground squirrel

What other animals weight around 140 grams (0.31 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Perote ground squirrel

Also reaching around 17.9 cm (0′ 8″) in size do these animals: