Litter Size

How many babies does a Water deer have at once? (litter size)

How many baby Water deers are in a litter?

A Water deer (Hydropotes inermis) usually gives birth to around 3 babies.

Each of those little ones spend around 175 days as a fetus before they are released into the wild. Upon birth, they weight 1.02 kg (2.24 lbs) and measure 8.5 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Cervidae family (genus: Hydropotes). An adult Water deer grows up to a size of 27.5 cm (0′ 11″).

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 Water deer is 3

The water deer (Hydropotes inermis) is a small deer superficially more similar to a musk deer than a true deer. Native to China and Korea, there are two subspecies: the Chinese water deer (Hydropotes inermis inermis) and the Korean water deer (Hydropotes inermis argyropus). Despite its lack of antlers and certain other anatomical anomalies—including a pair of prominent tusks (downward-pointing canine teeth), it is classified as a cervid. Its unique anatomical characteristics have caused it to be classified in its own genus (Hydropotes) as well as its own subfamily (Hydropotinae). However, studies of mitochondrial control region and cytochrome b DNA sequences placed it near Capreolus within an Old World section of the subfamily Capreolinae. Its prominent tusks (elongated canines), similar to those of musk deer, have led to both being colloquially named vampire deer in English-speaking areas to which they have been imported. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. It was first described by Robert Swinhoe in 1870.

Other animals of the family Cervidae

Water deer is a member of the Cervidae, as are these animals:

Animals that share a litter size with Water deer

Those animals also give birth to 3 babies at once:

Animals that get as old as a Water deer

Other animals that usually reach the age of 12 years:

Animals with the same weight as a Water deer

What other animals weight around 12.73 kg (28.06 lbs)?