Animal Size

Russian desman size: How big do they get?

How big does a Russian desman get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Russian desman (Desmana moschata) reaches an average size of 20.3 cm (0′ 8″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 420 grams (0.93 lbs). Talking about reproduction, Russian desmans have 3 babies about 2 times per year. The Russian desman (genus: Desmana) is a member of the family Talpidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The average adult size of a Russian desman is  (0' 8

The Russian desman (Desmana moschata) (Russian: выхухоль vykhukhol’) is a small semiaquatic mammal that inhabits the Volga, Don and Ural River basins in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. It constructs burrows into the banks of ponds and slow-moving streams, but prefers small, overgrown ponds with abundance of insects, crayfish and amphibians. The Russian desman often lives in small (usually not related) groups of two to five animals, and appears to have a complex (but largely unstudied) communication and social system.

Animals of the same family as a Russian desman

We found other animals of the Talpidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Russian desman

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

Animals with the same litter size as a Russian desman

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Russian desman:

Animals with the same weight as a Russian desman

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Desmana moschata: