How long do animals live?
Animals life expectancy
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
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 be 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.
Each breed of dog has its own life expectancy, with breeds such as Irish wolfhounds, bulldogs and Bernese mountain dogs being on the low end with average lifespans of six or seven years. At the other end of the spectrum are breeds such as Bedlington terriers, miniature dachshunds and poodles, Tibetan terrier and whippets, which have life expectancies of about 14 years. A life expectancy is not a maximum age, however, and many dogs can live for 20 years or more.
For cats, the main factor that determines life expectancy is whether they're indoor or outdoor cats. Outdoor cats generally live to be only four or five years old because they are more likely to catch viruses or to suffer some kind of trauma. Indoor cats, on the other hand, often can be expected to live 12-18 years.
Birds typically have a life expectancy of 10-30 years. The parrot family as a whole - including parakeets, cockatoos, macaws and cockateels - tends to live longer. These birds can have a lifespan of 70 years or more.
|Animal||Average Life Span of Animal (in years)|
|African Grey Parrot||50|
|American Box Turtle||123|
|Bare Eyed Cockatoo||40|
|Galapagos Land Tortoise||193|
|Great Horned Owl||68|
|Grey Cheeked Parrot||15|
|Red Eared Turtle||7|
|South African Clawed Toad||15|
|Sulphur Crested Cockatoo||40|