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The Life Span of Animals - How Long Do Animals Live?

Published Saturday, January 20, 2007

Have you ever wondered how long an animal of a given species is expected to live? Well this weeks article will provide you with a list of animals with their average life spans. All species of animals that die naturally over a period of time can provide us with their life expectancy. This information gives us their average life span which can roughly tell us how long a particular animal specie can live. Since this is just an average life expectancy, no doubt you will always have some exceptions. You will definitely have a few animals exceeding their life span.

Some animals life span might seems very short while others are reasonable long when compared to other animal species. However, the average life expectancy of a given animal is determined by factors such as genetic make up, metabolic rate, body size, age of sexual maturity etc. It is important to note also that some domesticated animal can live longer or shorter than if they were living in their natural environment (habitat). The reason for this may due to conditions such as new life style, change of diet, disease, predator (absent), etc. Therefore, in spite of the fact that many of these values given in the list below are based on records taken from various sources, it should not be seen as the absolute maximum lifespan.


Animal Average Life Span of Animal (Years)
African Grey Parrot
50
Alligator
68
Amazon Parrot
80
American Alligator
56
American Box Turtle
123
American Newt
3
American Toad
15
Angleworm
15
Anole 3
Ant (Queen)
3
Ant (Worker)
1/2
Asian elephant
40
B
Bare Eyed Cockatoo
40
Bat
24
Bear
40
Beaver
20
Bee (Queen)
5
Bee (Worker) 1
Binturong
18
Bison 30
Blackbird
18
Boa Constrictor
23
Bottlenose Dolphin
20
Box Turtle
123
Budgerigar
18
Bull
28
Bull Frog
16
Bull Snake
18
C
Caiman
28
Camel
50
Canada Goose
33
Canary
20
Canvasback duck
19
Capybara
12
Carp
100
Cat
25
Catfish
60
Chicken
15
Chinchilla
20
Chimpanzee
40
Chipmunk
12
Cicada
17
Civet
13
Cobra
28
Cockatiel
32
Common Goldeneye
17
Congo Eel
27
Conure
25
Cottonmouth Mocassin
21
Cottontail
10
Cow
22
Crocodile
45
D
Deer
35
Dog, large
10
Dog
22
Domestic Pigeon
26
Donkey
45
E
Eagle
55
Eclectus Parrot
20
Eel
55
Egyptian Goose
28
Elephant
70
Elk
22
English Sparrow
23
F
Fence Lizard
4
Ferret
12
Flying Squirrel
14
Fox
14
G
Galah
26
Galapagos Land Tortoise
193
Gerbil
5
Giant Salamander
55
Giant Tortoise
152
Goat
15
Golden Hamster
4
Gorilla
20
Gouldian finch
6
Great Horned Owl
68
Green Frog
10
Grey Cheeked Parrot
15
Grey Squirrel
20
Grizzly bear
32
Grouse
10
Guinea Pig
8
H
Hare
10
Hellbender
29
Hippopotamus
45
Hog
18
Horse
40
House Mouse
4
Human
70-80
Humming Bird
8
I


J


K
Kangaroo
9
Koala
8
L
Leopard
17
Leopard Frog
6
Lion
35
Lobster
15 (they can live into their 50’s!)
M
Macaw
50
Mallard
20
Mongoose
12
Mosquitofish
2
Mountain Lion
20
Mouse
4
Mudpuppy
9
Muscrat
6
Mynah
8
N
Newt
7
Norwegian Rat
4
Nutria
15
O
Opossum
4
Ox
20
P
Painted Turtle
11
Parrot 80
Pea Fowl
20
Pheasant
18
Pig (wild)
25
Pigeon
11
Pionus Parrot
15
Platypus
10
Polar bear
20
Porcupine
20
Prarie Dog
10
Q
Quail
6
R
Rabbit
9
Rainbow Lorikeet
15
Rat Snake
23
Rattlesnake
22
Red Eared Turtle
7
Redhead Duck
17
Rhinoceros
40
Rosella
15
S
Sea Lion
14
Sheep
15
Snapping Turtle
57
South African Clawed Toad
15
Squirrel
16
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
40
Superb Parrot
36
Swan
102
T
Tapir
30
Tasmanian Tiger
7
Teal
20
Tiger
22
Tiger Salamander
11
Toad
36
Toucan
6
Tree Frog
14
Trumpeter Swan
33
Turkey Buzzard
118
U


V


W
Whistling Duck
15
Wombat
15
Wolf
18
Woodchuck
15
X


Y


Z
Zebra Finch
17

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Whoa...the swan and the turkey buzzard surprised me most. I had no idea they could hit the century mark.

Scientists are just learning about how aging occurs on the cellular level. Most recently, HGH - human growth hormone - has been disputed as the "fountain of youth" it had been originaly thought of.

Oxidation, or free radical damage, plays a central role in aging and illness. That we know.

How long does the fly live? Do you know?

Okay guys, I’m back in the blogosphere from my busy schedule :)

Phoenix:
The building block of our body is the cell and that’s where our built-in clock are located that control how many times our cells divide or repair itself and when to cease doing so. For the Human Growth Hormone (HGH), only time will tell. Its use as an anti-aging treatment is expensive.

Who knows, we will not live forever but it is quite possible that we will be able to increase human life span to 150 or longer. This begs the question will the poor get old and die quickly while the rich live longer and younger if science should come up with an absolute anti-aging treatment?

Noiz:
Well it depends on what type of fly you are talking about. If you are referring to a house fly then its life span would be about 15 to 30 days.

I know I'm chiming in very late. but I just saw this post and was curious about the Eland and the Yak which do not appear here. :-(

A lot of this data is wrong. The turkey buzzard and swan refer to longest lifespan ever recorded for those animals, not averages.

This data is way off. There is no way that average life span for a dog is 22 years. I've never known a dog to live longer than 15. Likewise for cats. I think this is maximums and those two numbers make me doubt all the other figures.

I think you need to replace average in the matrix title, with record...

If the oldest living dog just turned 21, how can the average lifespan for them be 22?

You have Macaws and Parrots confused. Macaws live anywhere from 80-90 years, and Parrots live less. It all depends on the type of parrot.

Your stats' are tripe!

I've never seen a website with such inaccurate information come top on a search engine. Absolute rubbish. Is this information based on these animals living on another planet?

my swan is 102 and he still tap dances

not bad.
with a normal non stressfull life:

humans:100 not 70-80! much proof here
normal dogs:20 (excluding great danes, teacups) mine is 16, sterilized female almost no medical care in 8 years.
cats:20 (not 25) mine is 18 sterilized female with many injuries.
flies:2 years
gators: 50-60
cow:20
cockateil:20 (mine is female, 14 almost no medical care in the last 8 years and still very young!)

what about whales dolphins?
its a sad thing to see how badly people treat things that can have life for so long.
also, what are the sexes? are they
sterilized? is that with or without medical care?
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No wonder, turtles top the list! However, I’m amazed to read about the life span of some of these animals!

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Some data are wrong pls clear it

I'm sorry, but I did some fact checking and the life spans I checked were all inaccurate (squirrel, cat, dog, swan..). Well actually I'm not sorry – what's this supposed to be?

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