Most animals have a life span far less than that of humans. Right now the average life span for a human is between 75 to 80 years of age. How do animals compare?
Average Life Spans
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Galapagos tortoise –. 200+ years
Box turtle, carp –. 100 years
Gray whale –. 70 years
Alligator, chimpanzee, African parrot, humpback whale –. 50 years
African elephant –. 35 years
Dolphin, gorilla –. 30 years
Horse, snake –. 20 years
Black bear –. 18 years
Tiger –. 16 years
Lion, lobster, domestic cat, cow, tarantula, –. 15 years
Domestic dog –. 13 years
Camel, moose, sheep –. 12 years
Ferret, giraffe, pig, squirrel –. 10 years
Chicken, white-tailed deer, goat –. 8 years
Kangaroo –. 7 years
Chipmunk –. 6 years
Beaver, domestic rabbit –. 5 years
Guinea pig, hamster –. 4 years
Mouse –. 3 years
Opossum –. 1 year
Worker bee –. 5 weeks
Adult housefly –. 4 weeks
Figures come from various reliable and accurate sources.
Extreme Life Spans
These animals have far exceeded their life expectancy. This doesn't happen often. They're worth mentioning.
Parrot –. 80 years
Elephant –. 69 years
Alligator –. 68 years
Catfish –. 60 years
Eagle, eel, giant salamander –. 55 years
Horse –. 50 years
Cobra –. 28 years
Queen ant –. 15 years
Figures come from various zoos and aquariums from around the world.
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Myth: One human year equals seven years for a dog.
Fact: To calculate a dog’s age, use this formula:
10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after.
Project suggestion: Research life expectancy comparisons like the one shown above for mammals on all the different species of the world, including anthropods, fish, birds, reptiles. Amphibians.