It is hard to guess what a Common mole-rat weights. But we have the answer:
An adult Common mole-rat (Cryptomys hottentotus) on average weights 74 grams (0.16 lbs).
The Common mole-rat is from the family Bathyergidae (genus: Cryptomys). It is usually born with about 8 grams (0.02 lbs). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 19.3 cm (0′ 8″). On average, Common mole-rats can have babies 2 times per year with a litter size of 2.
As a reference: An average human weights in at 62 kg (137 lbs) and reaches an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″). Humans spend 280 days (40 weeks) in the womb of their mother and reach around 75 years of age.
The common mole-rat, African mole-rat, or Hottentot mole-rat, (Cryptomys hottentotus) is a burrowing rodent found in Southern Africa, in particular in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It also occurs in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is a species in the subfamily Bathyerginae.
Animals of the same family as a Common mole-rat
We found other animals of the Bathyergidae family:
- Cape dune mole-rat with a weight of 804 grams
- Silvery mole-rat with a weight of 160 grams
- Ochre mole-rat with a weight of 200 grams
- Naked mole-rat with a weight of 39 grams
- Cape mole-rat with a weight of 189 grams
- Ansell’s mole-rat with a weight of 85 grams
- Zambian mole-rat with a weight of 76 grams
- Mashona mole-rat with a weight of 65 grams
- Mechow’s mole-rat with a weight of 272 grams
- Namaqua dune mole-rat with a weight of 389 grams
Animals with the same weight as a Common mole-rat
As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Cryptomys hottentotus:
- Southern mole vole bringing 80 grams to the scale
- Siskiyou chipmunk bringing 75 grams to the scale
- Nephelomys levipes bringing 60 grams to the scale
- Greater nectar bat bringing 72 grams to the scale
- Hairy-eared dwarf lemur bringing 78 grams to the scale
- Stolzmann’s crab-eating rat bringing 84 grams to the scale
- Eastern chestnut mouse bringing 79 grams to the scale
- Goldman’s spiny pocket mouse bringing 85 grams to the scale
- Nilgiri striped squirrel bringing 70 grams to the scale
- Striped Atlantic Forest rat bringing 67 grams to the scale
Animals with the same litter size as a Common mole-rat
Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (2) as a Common mole-rat: