How many baby Persian jirds are in a litter?
A Persian jird (Meriones persicus) usually gives birth to around 5 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 28 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 5 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 1.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Meriones). An adult Persian jird grows up to a size of 15 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.
The Persian jird (Meriones persicus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae found in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan.The Persian jird is about 6 inches (15 cm) long and has a brush-tipped tail that is slightly longer than the body. They are brown with white bellies.The Persian jird’s natural habitats are dry rocky hillsides with little vegetation and semi-desert areas. They find shelter in either small burrows or under overhanging rocks. These jirds can also be found living near humans, such as under walls.In the wild, Persian jirds eat dry plant material and grains, with small insects as a supplement.Persian jirds usually have two litters a year, each with around seven pups.Some people keep this species as a pet. They can live to be six or seven years old. They need large cages that allow climbing and leaping.The high abundance of Persian jird in many areas, as well as their several proper features, makes them a suitable species for biomonitoring programs (Khazaee et al. 2016).
Other animals of the family Muridae
Persian jird is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Desert pygmy mouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Northern water rat weighting only 54 grams
- Inca Oldfield mouse weighting only 77 grams
- Bismarck giant rat weighting only 612 grams
- Golden Oldfield mouse weighting only 88 grams
- Webb’s tufted-tailed rat weighting only 61 grams
- Guinean gerbil weighting only 103 grams
- Shining thicket rat with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Glacier rat with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Delany’s mouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Persian jird
Those animals also give birth to 5 babies at once:
- Water vole (North America)
- Lowland streaked tenrec
- Marbled polecat
- White-tailed prairie dog
- New Guinean rat
- Mexican ground squirrel
- Yellow-necked mouse
- Dusky slender opossum
- Lesser fat-tailed jerboa
- Hispid cotton rat
Animals with the same weight as a Persian jird
What other animals weight around 108 grams (0.24 lbs)?
- Libyan jird weighting 91 grams
- African groove-toothed rat weighting 111 grams
- Hero shrew weighting 91 grams
- Thomas’s giant deer mouse weighting 111 grams
- Rough-haired golden mole weighting 112 grams
- Bush rat weighting 124 grams
- Yellow-cheeked chipmunk weighting 91 grams
- Candango mouse weighting 97 grams
- Rio de Janeiro arboreal rat weighting 93 grams
- Franquet’s epauletted fruit bat weighting 119 grams