Litter Size

How many babies does a Turkish hamster have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Turkish hamsters are in a litter?

A Turkish hamster (Mesocricetus brandti) usually gives birth to around 9 babies.With 3 litters per year, that sums up to a yearly offspring of 27 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 15 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 2 grams (0 lbs) and measure 1.5 cm (0′ 1″). They are a member of the Muridae family (genus: Mesocricetus). An adult Turkish hamster grows up to a size of 18 cm (0′ 8″).

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 Turkish hamster is 9

The Turkish hamster, Mesocricetus brandti, also referred to as Brandt’s hamster, Azerbaijani hamster, or avurtlak, is a species of hamster native to Turkey, Armenia and other surrounding nations. The Turkish hamster, first catalogued in 1878, is a fairly close relative of the Syrian or golden hamster, though far less is known about it, and it is rarely kept as a pet. The population of the Turkish hamster is said to be declining in the wild, yet this hamster is often used in laboratory testing. Turkish hamsters have lifespans of about two years and are solitary, nocturnal animals, which practice hibernation.They are reported to be more aggressive than other members of the family Cricetidae. They are tan and dark, sandy brown in color. Like all hamsters, the Turkish hamster has cheek pouches that allow it to carry large amounts of food at one time.

Other animals of the family Muridae

Turkish hamster is a member of the Muridae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Turkish hamster

Those animals also give birth to 9 babies at once:

Animals with the same weight as a Turkish hamster

What other animals weight around 198 grams (0.44 lbs)?