How many baby Rock dormouses are in a litter?
A Rock dormouse (Graphiurus platyops) usually gives birth to around 5 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 3 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3.7 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Myoxidae family (genus: Graphiurus). An adult Rock dormouse grows up to a size of 7.5 cm (0′ 3″).
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 rock dormouse or flat-headed African dormouse (Graphiurus platyops) is a species of rodent in the family Gliridae. It is found in Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe where it lives among rocks in upland areas. It is a fairly common, mainly nocturnal species and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of “least concern”.
Other animals of the family Myoxidae
Rock dormouse is a member of the Myoxidae, as are these animals:
- Kellen’s dormouse with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Woolly dormouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Forest dormouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Desert dormouse with 6 babies per pregnancy
- Lorrain dormouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Asian garden dormouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Japanese dormouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Silent dormouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Jentink’s dormouse with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Spectacled dormouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Rock dormouse
Those animals also give birth to 5 babies at once:
- Red wolf
- Soft-furred rat
- Euphrates jerboa
- Dalton’s mouse
- Hispid cotton rat
- Asia Minor ground squirrel
- Corsac fox
- Long-tailed dwarf hamster
- Winter white dwarf hamster
- Middendorf’s vole
Animals with the same weight as a Rock dormouse
What other animals weight around 46 grams (0.1 lbs)?
- Desert mouse weighting 37 grams
- Pale-faced bat weighting 55 grams
- Broad-striped dasyure weighting 54 grams
- Junín grass mouse weighting 39 grams
- MacConnell’s climbing mouse weighting 41 grams
- Abrothrix longipilis weighting 38 grams
- Spotted bolo mouse weighting 37 grams
- Djoongari weighting 39 grams
- Northern collared lemming weighting 46 grams
- Black-tailed dasyure weighting 38 grams