How many baby Shrew gymnures are in a litter?
A Shrew gymnure (Hylomys sinensis) usually gives birth to around 4 babies.With 2 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 8 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 517 grams (1.14 lbs) and measure 8.5 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Erinaceidae family (genus: Hylomys). An adult Shrew gymnure grows up to a size of 11.7 cm (0′ 5″).
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 shrew gymnure, or shrew hedgehog (Neotetracus sinensis), is a species of mammal in the family Erinaceidae and is the only species in the genus Neotetracus. It is found in China, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Other animals of the family Erinaceidae
Shrew gymnure is a member of the Erinaceidae, as are these animals:
- Hugh’s hedgehog raching a size of 20 cm (0′ 8″)
- Amur hedgehog raching a size of 24.9 cm (0′ 10″)
- Short-tailed gymnure with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Indian long-eared hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Daurian hedgehog raching a size of 21.5 cm (0′ 9″)
- Indian hedgehog with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Long-eared hedgehog with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Southern white-breasted hedgehog with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Indian hedgehog with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Hainan gymnure weighting only 58 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Shrew gymnure
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:
- Common kusimanse
- Creek groove-toothed swamp rat
- Pallas’s cat
- Giant forest hog
- Greater hamster-rat
- Short-tailed bandicoot rat
- Shrew gymnure
- Giant kangaroo rat
- Zygodontomys brevicauda
Animals with the same size as a Shrew gymnure
Also reaching around 11.7 cm (0′ 5″) in size do these animals:
- Chisel-toothed kangaroo rat gets as big as 11.2 cm (0′ 5″)
- Maritime striped squirrel gets as big as 13.2 cm (0′ 6″)
- Geoffroy’s rousette gets as big as 10.7 cm (0′ 5″)
- Hylaeamys megacephalus gets as big as 12.2 cm (0′ 5″)
- Florida mouse gets as big as 10.4 cm (0′ 5″)
- Masked white-tailed rat gets as big as 13.5 cm (0′ 6″)
- Feather-tailed possum gets as big as 11.7 cm (0′ 5″)
- Sclater’s golden mole gets as big as 10 cm (0′ 4″)
- Small Luzon forest mouse gets as big as 10.9 cm (0′ 5″)
- Papua grassland mosaic-tailed rat gets as big as 10.4 cm (0′ 5″)