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How much does a Mitchell’s hopping mouse weight?

It is hard to guess what a Mitchell’s hopping mouse weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Mitchell’s hopping mouse (Notomys mitchellii) on average weights 42 grams (0.09 lbs).

The Mitchell’s hopping mouse is from the family Muridae (genus: Notomys). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 11.3 cm (0′ 5″). Usually, Mitchell’s hopping mouses have 3 babies per litter.

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 Mitchell's hopping mouse is 42 grams (0.09 lbs)

Mitchell’s hopping mouse (Notomys mitchellii) is the largest extant member of the genus Notomys, weighing between 40 and 60 g (1.4 and 2.1 oz). N. mitchellii is a bipedal rodent with large back legs, similar to a jerboa or kangaroo rat. The species occurs throughout much of semi-arid Southern Australia, and appears to be particularly common on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Typical habitat for N. mitchellii appears to be mallee shrublands on sandy dune systems. The species is currently considered to be unthreatened, but its range has been reduced through habitat disturbance and destruction associated with European settlement in Australia.Individuals are a sandy grey colour, with white chest hairs and a paler underbelly. The tail of the species is long and has the characteristic hopping mouse brush at the tip. This tail morphology is thought to aid balance when travelling at speed. Being nocturnal, Notomys mitchellii shelters during the day in typical hopping mouse burrows; a small number of interconnected, vertical shafts, burrowing deep into the dune. Up to eight animals, different ages and sex, have been found in a single burrow.N. mitchellii is known to have a lifespan of up to five years in the laboratory and this is thought to be a strategy evolved to combat the breeding-constraints of lengthy periods of drought. It has also been found that this species is less able to cope with water deprivation than other species of the genus. Notomys mitchellii produces concentrated urine to conserve water, but in a different way to more arid-dwelling rodents. The diet of N. mitchellii is also thought to consist of more roots and green matter than that of other species of the genus: animals captured in drought conditions had stomach contents consisting of some 85% roots, 11% green leaf and 4% seed.

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Animals with the same weight as a Mitchell’s hopping mouse

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Animals with the same size as a Mitchell’s hopping mouse

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Animals with the same litter size as a Mitchell’s hopping mouse

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