Litter Size

How many babies does a Shaw’s jird have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Shaw’s jirds are in a litter?

A Shaw’s jird (Meriones shawi) usually gives birth to around 5 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 24 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 1.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Meriones). An adult Shaw’s 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 average litter size of a Shaw's jird is 5

Shaw’s jird (Meriones shawi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Its natural habitats are arable land, pastureland, and rural gardens.They typically live 1–2 years.Shaw’s jird is able to survive long periods of dehydration in semi-desert regions where it lives, in part because of its well developed kidneys. During the rainy season, Shaw’s jirds breed more compared to summer when there is less rain.In the Algerian highlands, they are a main prey source for Barn owls.

Other animals of the family Muridae

Shaw’s jird is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Shaw’s jird

Those animals also give birth to 5 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Shaw’s jird

What other animals weight around 90 grams (0.2 lbs)?