Animal Size

Water opossum size: How big do they get?

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

A grown Water opossum (Chironectes minimus) reaches an average size of 29.7 cm (1′ 0″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). Usually, they reach an age of 3 years. A full-grown exemplary reaches roughly 977 grams (2.15 lbs). A Water opossum has 3 babies at once. The Water opossum (genus: Chironectes) is a member of the family Didelphidae.

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.

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The water opossum (Chironectes minimus), also locally known as the yapok (), is a marsupial of the family Didelphidae. It is the only living member of its genus, Chironectes. This semiaquatic creature is found in and near freshwater streams and lakes from Mexico through Central and South America to Argentina and is the most aquatic living marsupial (the lutrine opossum also has aquatic habits). It is also the only living marsupial in which both sexes have a pouch. The thylacine, commonly referred to as the Tasmanian tiger, also exhibited this trait, but it is now believed to be extinct.The water opossum lives in bankside burrows, emerging after dusk to swim and search for fish, crustaceans and other aquatic animals, which it eats on the bank.

Animals of the same family as a Water opossum

We found other animals of the Didelphidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Water opossum

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

Animals with the same litter size as a Water opossum

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

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Water opossum

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Water opossum:

Animals with the same weight as a Water opossum

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Chironectes minimus: