Largest mammalian litter size?

Jennifer L Narang jnarang at alpha1.csd.uwm.edu
Wed Dec 4 15:28:45 EST 1996


>    I was frantically digging into my journal articles thinking the 
> largest litter might be the opposum, but the tenrec beat 'possums hands 
> down:) FYI - since these creatures fascinate me - the opposum ranges 9-17 
> teats (they have an odd number) and can have as many surviving offspring 
> as there are teats. The record as far as what I've found in my reading is 
> 25 live births, but generally a small percentage actually make it to a 
> pouch (thus a teat). Just thought I'd share:)
> 
Yes, the 'possum numbers i'd heard were similar. (I'd been told that they 
can have up to 33, with usually 12 surviving.) I had not heard, however, 
that they had an odd number of teats! And an inconsistent number! this is 
new to me. Thanks for the info.

Jen




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