Litter Size

How many babies does a Tasmanian pygmy possum have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Tasmanian pygmy possums are in a litter?

A Tasmanian pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.

Upon birth, they weight 1 grams (0 lbs) and measure 2.9 cm (0′ 2″). They are a member of the Burramyidae family (genus: Cercartetus). An adult Tasmanian pygmy possum grows up to a size of 8.8 cm (0′ 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 average litter size of a Tasmanian pygmy possum is 3

The Tasmanian pygmy possum (Cercartetus lepidus), also known as the little pygmy possum, is the world’s smallest possum. It was first described by Oldfield Thomas in 1888, after he identified that a museum specimen labelled as an eastern pygmy possum in fact represented a species then unknown to science. The holotype resides in the British Museum of Natural History.

Other animals of the family Burramyidae

Tasmanian pygmy possum is a member of the Burramyidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Tasmanian pygmy possum

Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Tasmanian pygmy possum

What other animals weight around 8 grams (0.02 lbs)?