Published October 2, 2012 by Tony


A few years ago, the discovery of a dying whale off Alaska’s coast, caused a sensation because the death was due to an old harpoon that for years the poor animal had had into his flesh. After the examination of the fragment of the harpoon, turned out that it was aged among 116 and 130 years, and therefore coeval of Mody Dick even. Although the exact longevity of whales is uncertain, it is assumed that their life expectancy ranges among 50 and 80 years, while those of Greenland, evidently, can live much longer.
But what is the average life of the animals in the wild?
Here are some data:

Anteater 25-30 years
Bee 1-2 months
Brown bear 15 years
Butterfly 2-15 days (some species, that are exceptions, can live till 1 year)
Camel 40-50 years
Canary 10-20 years
Cat 13-15 years
Cheetah 12-14 years
Cow 20 years
Crane 40 years
Deer 18-20 years
Dog 12-13 years (depending on breed)
Donkey 30-40 years
Dragonfly 3-4 weeks
Eagle 25 years
Emperor Penguin 20 years
Fallow deer 18 years
Ferret 8-10 years
Fly 2-3 years
Giant Turtle 100   years
Giraffe 30 years
Goldfish 20-30 years
Hamster 2-3 years
Hen 10 years
Hippo 40-50 years
Horse 20-25 years
Humpback 70 years
Iguana 10-13 years
Kangaroo 12-20 years
Lion 16 years
Lizard 10 years
Monkey 15-20 years
Mosquito (female) 15 days – 9 months
Mosquito (male) 5-10 Days
Orca 50-100 years
Ostrich 50-60 years
Parrot 30-50 years
Pelican 30 years
Pigeon 2,5-3 years
Prairie dog 10 years
Python 30-40 years
Queen bee 3-5 years
Rabbit 5-8 years
Raccoon 12 years
Rhino 50   years
Scorpio 4 years
Sea Urchin 4-8 years
Seagull 40 years
Shrimp 2 years
Squirrel 5-7 years
Starfish 7-10 years
Tiger 10-15 years
Trout 5-10 years
Turtle 35-50 years


  • Bowhead whales are estimated to be able to reach 220 years of age in the wild. This data was determined using harpoon heads found in whales hunted in the current Inupiaq subsistence hunts. Harpoon heads from industrial and pre-industrial whaling found in whales were dated. Using radio isotopes of amino acids found in the eye they have determined a rough measurement for aging whales using the eye.

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