How many baby Small five-toed jerboas are in a litter?
A Small five-toed jerboa (Allactaga elater) 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 13 kg (28.66 lbs) and measure 4 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Dipodidae family (genus: Allactaga). An adult Small five-toed jerboa grows up to a size of 2.83 meter (9′ 4″).
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 small five-toed jerboa (Allactaga elater) is a rodent of the family Dipodidae and genus Allactaga, that has five digits. They are hopping rodents of the rocky deserts in Asia. They have been found in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan. They have long hind feet, short forelimbs, and walk upright. The jerboa body length ranges from 5–15 cm and has a tail ranging from 7–25 cm. They have large ears in comparison to their body size and a large tail. The tail assists and serves as support when the jerboa is standing upright. These hopping rodents can reach a speed up to 48 km/hr. The forelimbs of the jerboa serve as a pair of hands for feeding, grooming, etc. The male jerboa is usually larger in size and weight in comparison to the female jerboa. The pelt of the jerboa is either silky or velvety in texture and light in color, the coloration helps camouflage into surroundings to avoid predators. “Its coloration varies from sandy or buff to dark russet or black with pale under parts and a white strip on the hip”.
Other animals of the family Dipodidae
Small five-toed jerboa is a member of the Dipodidae, as are these animals:
- Euphrates jerboa with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Blanford’s jerboa with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Dwarf fat-tailed jerboa with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Great jerboa with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Greater Egyptian jerboa with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Western jumping mouse with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Woodland jumping mouse with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Severtzov’s jerboa with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Baluchistan pygmy jerboa with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Bobrinski’s jerboa with 5 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Small five-toed jerboa
Those animals also give birth to 4 babies at once:
- Field vole
- Short-tailed shrew tenrec
- Ethiopian white-footed mouse
- Western pygmy possum
- Chelemys macronyx
- Woodland jumping mouse
- Beach vole
- Red squirrel
- Visayan warty pig
- Pygmy gerbil
Animals with the same weight as a Small five-toed jerboa
What other animals weight around 59 grams (0.13 lbs)?
- Reddish-gray mouse lemur weighting 70 grams
- Soft-furred rat weighting 67 grams
- Himalayan mole weighting 60 grams
- Woosnam’s broad-headed mouse weighting 54 grams
- Ega long-tongued bat weighting 49 grams
- Bushy-tailed jird weighting 56 grams
- Small Japanese mole weighting 65 grams
- Mindomys weighting 60 grams
- Broad-footed mole weighting 61 grams
- Mamore arboreal rice rat weighting 62 grams