Largest mammalian litter size?
Jennifer L Narang
jnarang at alpha1.csd.uwm.edu
Tue Dec 3 17:20:49 EST 1996
On 1 Dec 1996 bartermn at epix.net wrote:
> mathog at seqaxp.bio.caltech.edu wrote:
> : Idle curiousity time.
> : What mammal has, on average, the largest litter size?
> : I'm not betting money on it, but my guess is that it is some breed of
> : domestic pig.
> I had a pig that produced thirteen in her second litter, I'm sure that
> isn't anywhere near the record though. But I believe you are correct in
> assuming that they have the most offspring per litter. Someone correct me
> if I'm wrong.
The award for the largest litter size ever goes to a domestic mouse--34!
(33 of them survived.)
The award for the largest litter among wild animals goes to the tailless
tenrec (Tenrec ecaudatus) of Madagascar and the Comoro Islands. Record:
31, with 30 survivals. The normal litter size is 12-15, although females
can suckle up to 24.
Guinness Book of World Records, 1995.
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