Reproductive biology

Reproductive patterns and behavior in these groups are quite variable. Breeding can occur seasonally or throughout the year and the number of offspring can range from one to many. In general, multiple young are born on a seasonal basis and the young develop quickly, achieving both independence and sexual maturity at an early age. However, there are exceptions. Males are typically not involved in raising young.

A western Malagasy bushy-tailed rat (Eliurus myoxinus) feeding on a tree trunk. (Photo by Harald Schütz. Reproduced by permission.)
A jird or gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) found in Mongolia. (Photo by Tom McHugh/Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

Very little is known about the specifics of mating behaviors in the majority of species.

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