How many baby Southern African spiny mouses are in a litter?
A Southern African spiny mouse (Acomys spinosissimus) usually gives birth to around 2 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 5 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 4.3 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Acomys). An adult Southern African spiny mouse grows up to a size of 11.1 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 southern African spiny mouse (Acomys spinosissimus) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae. It is found in Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Its natural habitats are moist savanna and rocky areas.
Other animals of the family Muridae
Southern African spiny mouse is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:
- Euryoryzomys macconnelli weighting only 62 grams
- Western water rat raching a size of 15.1 cm (0′ 6″)
- Emin’s pouched rat weighting around 1.28 kilograms (2.82 lbs)
- Euryoryzomys lamia weighting only 60 grams
- Haggard’s leaf-eared mouse weighting only 42 grams
- Chinese bamboo rat with 3 babies per pregnancy
- Gray spiny mouse raching a size of 8.5 cm (0′ 4″)
- Ghana rufous-nosed rat weighting only 85 grams
- Sundevall’s jird with 4 babies per pregnancy
- Buenos Aires leaf-eared mouse weighting only 42 grams
Animals that share a litter size with Southern African spiny mouse
Those animals also give birth to 2 babies at once:
- Banded mongoose
- Radde’s shrew
- Black-striped squirrel
- White-lipped peccary
- Cape ground squirrel
- Fat-tailed dwarf lemur
- Honey possum
- Sand-colored soft-furred rat
- Northern palm squirrel
- Moncton’s mosaic-tailed rat
Animals with the same weight as a Southern African spiny mouse
What other animals weight around 26 grams (0.06 lbs)?
- Least forest mouse weighting 21 grams
- Yellow-necked mouse weighting 31 grams
- Bibimys torresi weighting 28 grams
- Forest dormouse weighting 29 grams
- Carpentarian dunnart weighting 25 grams
- Short-palated fruit bat weighting 28 grams
- Wagner’s gerbil weighting 27 grams
- Oligoryzomys chacoensis weighting 23 grams
- Lesser Wilfred’s mouse weighting 22 grams
- Eastern false pipistrelle weighting 22 grams