Animal Weight

How much does a Pygmy short-tailed opossum weight?

It is hard to guess what a Pygmy short-tailed opossum weights. But we have the answer:

An adult Pygmy short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis kunsi) on average weights 11 grams (0.02 lbs).

The Pygmy short-tailed opossum is from the family Didelphidae (genus: Monodelphis). When reaching adult age, they grow up to 7 cm (0′ 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 Pygmy short-tailed opossum is 11 grams (0.02 lbs)

The pygmy short-tailed opossum, scientifically named Monodelphis kunsi, is an opossum species from South America. M. kunsi is a marsupial from the family Didelphidae of the order Didelphimorphia. Although it is a marsupial, it lacks the characteristic pouch that is often associated with this order. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. M. kunsi is considered a smaller species within the family Didelphidae, which is why it is named a pygmy opossum. The young are referred to as ‘joeys’. The females are referred to as ‘Jill,’ and the males ‘jack’. It was thought to have been endangered in 2001, but has since been moved to least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Animals of the same family as a Pygmy short-tailed opossum

We found other animals of the Didelphidae family:

Animals with the same weight as a Pygmy short-tailed opossum

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Monodelphis kunsi:

Animals with the same size as a Pygmy short-tailed opossum

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Pygmy short-tailed opossum: