Animal Age

How old does a Lesser mole-rat get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Lesser mole-rat reaches?

An adult Lesser mole-rat (Nannospalax leucodon) usually gets as old as 4.5 years.

Lesser mole-rats are around 29 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 5 grams (0.01 lbs) and measure 3.8 cm (0′ 2″). As a member of the Muridae family (genus: Nannospalax), a Lesser mole-rat caries out around 3 little ones per pregnancy, which happens around 1 times a year. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 50 cm (1′ 8″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Lesser mole-rat gets as old as 4.5 years

The lesser mole-rat (Spalax leucodon) is a species of rodent in the family Spalacidae found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Israel, Turkey, Iran and Ukraine. There have been suggestions that its taxonomic position should change in the light of new scientific information. Modern authors tend to separate this and some closely related mole rat species from other Spalax species by classifying them into a separate genus named Nannospalax. A cariological study showed that Nannospalax leucodon is a superspecies consisting of several cariologically distinct cryptic species. According to this definition there are four separate cariological forms in the Carpathian Basin, one of them endangered and another one vulnerable while insufficient data are available to evaluate the conservation status of the other two forms.

Animals of the same family as a Lesser mole-rat

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Muridae):

Animals that reach the same age as Lesser mole-rat

With an average age of 4.5 years, Lesser mole-rat are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies Lesser mole-rat

The same number of babies at once (3) are born by:

Weighting as much as Lesser mole-rat

A fully grown Lesser mole-rat reaches around 189 grams (0.42 lbs). So do these animals: