Animal Weight

How much does a Giant otter shrew weight?

It is hard to guess what a Giant otter shrew weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) on average weights 685 grams (1.51 lbs).

The Giant otter shrew is from the family Tenrecidae (genus: Potamogale). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 32 cm (1′ 1″). On average, Giant otter shrews 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 average adult weight of a Giant otter shrew is 685 grams (1.51 lbs)

The giant otter shrew (Potamogale velox) is a semiaquatic, carnivorous afrotherian mammal. It is found in the main rainforest block of central Africa from Nigeria to Zambia, with a few isolated populations in Kenya and Uganda. It lives in streams, wetlands and slow flowing larger rivers. It is monotypic in the genus Potamogale. Otter shrews are most closely related to the tenrecs of Madagascar.Contrary to its name, the giant otter shrew is not a true shrew (Soricidae). The common name refers to their resemblance to otters with their flat face and stiff whiskers, and the otter shrews’ overall superficial similarity to true shrews. They are nocturnal carnivores that feed on aquatic animals.

Animals of the same family as a Giant otter shrew

We found other animals of the Tenrecidae family:

Animals with the same weight as a Giant otter shrew

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Potamogale velox:

Animals with the same size as a Giant otter shrew

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Giant otter shrew:

Animals with the same litter size as a Giant otter shrew

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (2) as a Giant otter shrew: