Litter Size

How many babies does a Steppe polecat have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Steppe polecats are in a litter?

A Steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii) usually gives birth to around 7 babies.With 1 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 7 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 40 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 4 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 6 cm (0′ 3″). They are a member of the Mustelidae family (genus: Mustela). An adult Steppe polecat grows up to a size of 43.2 cm (1′ 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 Steppe polecat is 7

The steppe polecat (Mustela eversmanii), also known as the white or masked polecat, is a species of mustelid native to Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN because of its wide distribution, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and tolerance to some degree of habitat modification. It is generally of a very light yellowish colour, with dark limbs and a dark mask across the face. Compared to its relative, the European polecat, the steppe polecat is larger in size and has a more powerfully built skull.The steppe polecat is a nomadic animal which typically only settles in one area until its prey, mainly ground squirrels, are extirpated. It mates from March to May, and generally gives birth to litters of three to six kits, which attain their full growth at the age of two years. It hunts for larger prey than the European polecat, including pikas and marmots.

Other animals of the family Mustelidae

Steppe polecat is a member of the Mustelidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Steppe polecat

Those animals also give birth to 7 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Steppe polecat

What other animals weight around 1.68 kg (3.71 lbs)?

Animals with the same size as a Steppe polecat

Also reaching around 43.2 cm (1′ 6″) in size do these animals: