Can You Guess How Many Babies These Animals Give Birth to at Once?


By: Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

The world is full of amazing, beautiful, strange, and dangerous animals. Each biome has its own predators, pray, and unique animals that can live nowhere else. From amphibians to birds, to mammals, to fish and insects, all animals have their unique strengths and quirks that make them fascinating to learn about. They have unique life cycles which, like all animals, start at birth. 

Do you know whether a lion or a shark gives birth to more animals at once? How about pigeons? How many babies can they have at once? Does a human or a cow give birth to more young at a time? There are certainly many options and different sorts of animals to explore in the natural world. In fact, in some species of animals, it is not even the female that gives birth at all. Some species barely have those basic gender characteristics at all or they lack them at all.

If you are a true animal expert who knows the animal kingdom up and down, put your knowledge of all things animal to the ultimate test. See if you can guess how many young different animals can give birth to at one time with this shocking quiz!

On average, how many puppies can a dog give birth to at once?

The average dog litter consists of 5-6 puppies. However, this varies widely and can be higher or lower depending on the breed.


Sharks can give birth to one to ______ babies at a time.

Sharks give birth from 1 to 100 pups at a time. Some species of sharks lay eggs and some grow their babies inside them. Egg-laying sharks tend to have more children at once.


How many babies do hummingbirds have at one time?

Female hummingbirds lay two eggs per season. Over the course of their lifetime, they usually lay only about 12 eggs.


How many kittens do female cats usually have at once?

Cats usually have between 2 and 5 kittens at a time. While it can happen, usually cats do not give birth to more than five babies at a time.


Cobras lay roughly how many eggs at a time?

Female cobras usually lay roughly 20-40 eggs at a time. They stand guard over the eggs and defend them from predators until they hatch.


Female pandas give birth to how many cubs at once?

Pandas give birth to 1-2 cubs at once. In the case of two being born, the mother will usually abandon the weaker cub.


How many calves do cows usually have at one time?

Cows almost always give birth to only one calf at a time. Twins are rare, and it is extremely rare for them to birth more than one or two calves at a time.


What is the maximum number of eggs a spider can lay?

Depending on their species, spiders can lay between 2 and 1,000 eggs at a time. Most female spiders wrap their eggs in a protective silk egg sack and guard it until they are born.


Seahorses can give birth to how many babies maximum at once?

Male seahorses can birth between 5 and 1,000+ babies at a time. However, only about 5 out of 1,000 of these incredibly tiny children will survive to adulthood.


How many babies do kangaroos usually have in a year?

Kangaroos generally have one baby annually. However, they can have up to three at one time.


Barn owls have about how many babies at once?

Barn owls usually lay 5-6 eggs at a time. These eggs take about a month to incubate and hatch.


Bats usually have how many babies at once?

Bat babies are called pups. Female bats usually have one pup each per season.


Whales usually give birth to how many young at a time?

Whales are marine mammals and like most mammals, they usually give birth to one kid at a time. They give birth every one to six years and their gestation period can last from 9 to 18 months.


Praying mantises have how many children at a time?

The egg case of a praying mantis can hatch about 100-200 extremely tiny mantises all at once. They usually lay their eggs during the summer, during which they also hatch.


Up to how many eggs can crocodiles lay at a time?

The female crocodile can lay up to 60 eggs at a time. These eggs take about three months to hatch.


How many eggs do salmon lay?

Salmon can lay between 2,000 and 5,000 eggs. After they lay those eggs, they die.


How many babies do lions have at a time?

Lionesses usually have a litter of 2-3 babies at a time. Lion babies are called cubs.


Chameleons lay up to how many eggs at once?

How many eggs chameleons can lay at once depends on their size. Small chameleons may lay 1 or 2 eggs, while larger chameleons may lay up to 100 at a time.


Horses usually have how many kids at once?

Most horses have one baby at a time. While rarely they might have twins, these births are often complicated and one or both of the foals do not survive.


Swans lay up to how many eggs at a time?

Swans lay up to 10 eggs at a time. However, usually a few of the eggs do not make it.


Snails lay how many eggs at once?

Snails lay hundreds of eggs. However usually only 20-50 of them successfully hatch.


Lobsters can carry more than _______ eggs.

How many eggs lobsters can carry depends on their size. A 9-pound female lobster can carry more than 100,000 eggs.


Elephants generally give birth to how many calves at once?

Elephants have one baby at a time, though twin births may also occur rarely. Elephants carry their babies inside them for almost two years before they give birth.


Giraffes usually have how many offspring at a time?

Giraffes almost always give birth to one baby at a time. In rare instances, they might have twins.


Jellyfish can lay up to how many eggs?

Some jellyfish can lay as many as 45,000 eggs in a single night. This, however, depends on the kind and size of the jellyfish.


Clams can release up to how many eggs at once?

Female clams can produce between 100,000-1,000,000 eggs at a time. Over the course of their lifetime, they can create up to 40,000,000 eggs.


Parrots lay at least how many eggs at a time?

Parrots lay between 2-8 eggs at once. Parrot parents take turns sitting on the eggs to keep them warm while they incubate.


How many eggs can an ant lay at once?

In ant colonies, only the queen gives birth. She can lay up to 300,000 eggs over the course of a few days.


About how many eggs do sea turtles lay at one time?

Sea Turtles lay about 110 eggs in a nest. However, they may have between 2-8 nests per season.


Monkeys usually have how many babies at a time?

Monkeys usually have one baby at a time. They give birth to one baby roughly every 2-3 years.


How many offspring do moose have at the most at one time?

Moose babies are called calves. Moose usually give birth to 1-3 calves at a time.


Red foxes have up to how many babies at a time?

Red fox young are called kits. A mother fox usually has between 1-10 kits per litter.


Ostrich lay about ______ eggs.

Ostrich lay about 7-10 eggs each. Female ostriches place their eggs in communal nests, which may have as many as 60 eggs in each.


How many kids does a goat have per birth on average?

While goats average two kids per pregnancy, 1-3 is normal. Their gestation lasts about 150 days.


Anacondas give birth to up to how many babies at once?

Anacondas, unlike most other snakes, give birth to live babies instead of laying eggs. They can give birth to up to 40 live babies at a time.


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