Animal Weight

How much does a Gambian pouched rat weight?

It is hard to guess what a Gambian pouched rat weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus) on average weights 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs).

The Gambian pouched rat is from the family Muridae (genus: Cricetomys). It is usually born with about 22 grams (0.05 lbs). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 36.3 cm (1′ 3″). On average, Gambian pouched rats can have babies 2 times per year with a litter size of 3.

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 average adult weight of a Gambian pouched rat is 1.27 kg (2.8 lbs)

The Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus), also known as the African giant pouched rat, is a nocturnal pouched rat of the giant pouched rat genus Cricetomys, and is among the largest muroids in the world, growing up to about 0.9 metres (3 ft) long including their tail which makes up half their length. It is widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, ranging geographically from Senegal to Kenya and from Angola to Mozambique (although it is absent from much of the DR Congo, where Emin’s pouched rat is present) and in altitude from sea level to 2,000 metres (6,600 ft).The animals are sometimes kept as pets, but some have escaped from captivity and become an invasive species in Florida. The CDC and FDA in the US now ban the importation of this species. It is also blamed for an outbreak of monkeypox.

Animals of the same family as a Gambian pouched rat

We found other animals of the Muridae family:

Animals with the same weight as a Gambian pouched rat

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Cricetomys gambianus:

Animals with the same size as a Gambian pouched rat

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Gambian pouched rat:

Animals with the same litter size as a Gambian pouched rat

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Gambian pouched rat: