Indian Elephant taking a bath, India
Elephant taking a bath in India

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This list of the longest living animals excludes humans, which live on average between 70-80 years in most parts of the world. The oldest confirmed recorded age is 122 years (Jeanne Calment), though some people are reported to have lived longer (ref: Wikipedia).

This list is an estimated average age. Individuals of each species may live a lot longer than the age listed. For some animals it is hard to know exactly how long it really lives - in many cases probably no one knows the right answer. Some of these figures may differ from other lists as some record the the longest one has ever lived, while others the average age at death.

Animal Maximum Age (Years)
1. Quahog (marine clam) up to 200
2. Giant tortoise 150
3. Greek tortoise 110
4. Killer whale 90
5. European eel 88
6. Lake sturgeon 82
7. Sea anemone 80
8. Elephant 78
9. Freshwater mussel 75
=10. Whale Shark 70
=10. Andean condor 70
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Old Comments

  • how do you know? (from geovani, Feb 2013)
  • What about shark? (from Nonso, Jan 2013)
  • It is thought that whales live to be over 200 years. I think the bowhead whale was found with a harpon in it that dated back to the early 1800s and they could also date them by their iris's somehow.source readers digest (from eric takacs, Dec 2012)
  • 1 of the giant tortoises at australia zoo was 212 yrs old taken over to australia by charles darwin. He was still trying to procreate with the lady tortoise...good on him...he passed away not long after...rip (from Bobby, June 2012)
  • Helpful! But what about Elephants . . .? (May 2012)
  • I wish I could live 250 years (from Sanath, May 2012)
  • What about an ostrich,isnt it a bird? (from Charles muhia, April 2012)
  • The oldest animal ever recorded was a Ming clam 405yr old!!!!! (from johnn o, March 2012)