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Gestation is the period of time during which an embryo develops before being born.
In mammals the period of gestation can range from as short as 15 days for a Golden Hamster to as long as 645 days for an Elephant. 
- ↑ Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Biology. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1998
- ↑ http://encarta.msn.com/media_701500881_761572784_-1_1/Average_Animal_Gestation_Periods_and_Incubation_Times.html