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Posted in Questions with tags , , , , on 20 April 2011 by Megan

What is the average weight of a tauntaun and in which season do they prefer to mate? — Jesse

Taun tauns in the wild

Tauntauns from the Field Guide

Tauntauns, a semi-reptilian mammal,¬† are one of the few lifeforms living on the frozen planet of Hoth. While there are several different species of tauntaun, the one seen in the film¬† is a giant common tauntaun. These are typically 8’2″ tall and about fifteen feet long. Their internal organs are protected by a thick layer of blubber and thick white or gray fur. While none of the sources I have on hand speculate on weight, it seems safe to assume they are well over 3,000 lbs.

Hoth does not actually have seasons, per se, but tauntauns can have up to two young at a time twice in the Hoth year. Their young are born live, and while the female tauntauns do not have mammary glands, they can provide a milky sustenance from their crops for the newborns.

You can read more about tauntauns in The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide (ISBN 9780811828697), pp. 46-9. It is possible that more of the specific information you’re looking for could be mentioned here — though I would not guarantee it.