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The Life Span of Animals

One of the more frequently asked questions is how long are animals of a given species expected to live.

This chart provides the expected maximum life span for a variety of animals in years. Many of the values are based on record life spans taken from various sources. 

African Grey Parrot   73 Amazon Parrot        104
American Alligator           56  American Box Turtle   123 
American Newt        3 American Toad   15
Angleworm 15 Anole                             3
Ant  --Queen          3 Ant -- Worker            1/2
Banksian Cockatoo    29.3 Bat                             24
Bear                   40 Beaver                        20
Bee -- Queen        5 Bee -- Worker             1
Binturong            18 Blackbird(redwinged)                   15.8
Boa Constrictor         23 Budgerigar                29
Bull                  28 Bull Frog                    16
Bull Snake              18 Caiman                      28
Camel                 50 Canada Goose         24.3
Canary                 24 Canvasback duck     22.4
Capybara                   12 Carp                         100
Cat                   25 Chicken                     14
Chinchilla               20 Civet                           13
Cockatiel                35 Common Goldeneye   14.3
Congo Eel                27 Conure                       22.5
Cottonmouth Mocassin      21 Cow                            22
Crocodile                45 Deer   26.8
Dog 22 Domestic Pigeon          18
Donkey             45 Eclectus Parrot          30
Egyptian Goose           25.5 Elephant                   70
Fence Lizard     4 Ferret 12
Flying Squirrel 14 Fox                           14 
Galah          27.2 Galapagos Land Tortoise  193
Gerbil         5 Goat                          15
Golden Hamster            4 Gouldian finch           14
Grey Cheeked Parrot        15 Grey Squirrel   20
Grouse (blue)                 14 Guinea Pig                8
Hare                  10 Hellbender              29
Hippopotamus           45 Hog                        18
Horse                  40 Kangaroo                 9
Koala                    8 Leopard Frog 6
Lion                   35 Macaw                  64
Mallard                 29 Mongoose            12
Mouse                   4 Muscrat                 6
Mudpuppy                 9 Mynah                     25
Norwegian Rat             4 Nutria                    15
Opossum                 4 Ox                         20
Painted Turtle             11 Pea Fowl              23.2
Pheasant                27 Pig -- wild             25
Pionus Parrot               40 Platypus               10
Porcupine               20 Prarie Dog            10
Quail (California)                  6.9 Rabbit                    9
Rainbow Lorikeet          15 Rat Snake             23
Rattlesnake             22 Red Eared Turtle     30.5
Ring-necked Duck            20.4 Rhinoceros            40
Rosella                  15.4 Sheep 15
Snapping Turtle          57 South African Clawed Toad      15
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo   80 Superb Parrot        36
Tapir                     30 Tasmanian Tiger     7
Teal                    22.3 Tiger                      22
Tiger Salamander          11 Toucan                     20
Tree Frog               14 Trumpeter Swan   33
Wood Duck           22.5 Wombat               15
Wolf                       18 Woodchuck           15
Zebra Finch             12    

                                              

Remember these are the life expectancies under optimal conditions. The actual life span may be shortened considerably if environmental conditions or diet are poor.