How many baby Shipton’s mountain cavys are in a litter?
A Shipton’s mountain cavy (Microcavia shiptoni) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.With 5 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 15 babies.
Each of those little ones spend around 54 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 30 grams (0.07 lbs) and measure 9.5 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Caviidae family (genus: Microcavia). An adult Shipton’s mountain cavy grows up to a size of 20 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.
Shipton’s mountain cavy (Microcavia shiptoni) is a species of rodent in the family Caviidae. It is endemic to Argentina.
Other animals of the family Caviidae
Shipton’s mountain cavy is a member of the Caviidae, as are these animals:
- Lesser capybara with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Southern mountain cavy with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Andean mountain cavy with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Common yellow-toothed cavy with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Shiny guinea pig with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Capybara with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Greater guinea pig weighting only 460 grams
- Chacoan mara with 1 babies per pregnancy
- Spix’s yellow-toothed cavy with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Guinea pig with 3 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Shipton’s mountain cavy
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:
- Hispid hare
- Mountain pocket gopher
- Mongolian five-toed jerboa
- Jackson’s shrew
- Northern collared lemming
- Long-nosed dasyure
- Rock vole
- Northern flying squirrel
Animals with the same weight as a Shipton’s mountain cavy
What other animals weight around 185 grams (0.41 lbs)?
- Mountain treeshrew weighting 168 grams
- Indian hedgehog weighting 171 grams
- Palawan treeshrew weighting 168 grams
- Cape mole-rat weighting 189 grams
- Long-haired rat weighting 221 grams
- Pteropus brunneus weighting 200 grams
- Piute ground squirrel weighting 165 grams
- Soft-spined Atlantic spiny rat weighting 167 grams
- Sangihe tarsier weighting 165 grams
- Collared tuco-tuco weighting 210 grams