How many baby Swinhoe’s striped squirrels are in a litter?
A Swinhoe’s striped squirrel (Tamiops swinhoei) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.
Upon birth, they weight 6 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 4.2 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Sciuridae family (genus: Tamiops). An adult Swinhoe’s striped squirrel grows up to a size of 13.2 cm (0′ 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.
Swinhoe’s striped squirrel is a small species of rodent in the Sciuridae family known scientifically as Tamiops swinhoei. This species is found mostly in China and Southeast Asia. Their diet consists of mostly seeds, fruits, nuts and ginger nectar. Like most squirrels they live in forest areas with mountains, usually in groups. They have litters that average in size of 3.25 offspring.
Other animals of the family Sciuridae
Swinhoe’s striped squirrel is a member of the Sciuridae, as are these animals:
- White-tailed prairie dog with 5 babies per pregnancy
- Menzbier’s marmot with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Black-striped squirrel with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Zanj sun squirrel weighting only 347 grams
- Long-tailed ground squirrel with 7 babies per pregnancy
- Western gray squirrel with 2 babies per pregnancy
- Mohave ground squirrel with 6 babies per pregnancy
- Black-eared squirrel raching a size of 9.5 cm (0′ 4″)
- Sonoma chipmunk with 4 babies per pregnancy
- California ground squirrel with 6 babies per pregnancy
Animals that share a litter size with Swinhoe’s striped squirrel
Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once: