Average Life Spans of wild animals
This chart is for wild animals in captivity or not killed by natural enemies or illnesses.

Bears - up to 20 years
Bison - up to 12 years
Deer family - 8 to 12 years
Elk - 19 to 23 years
Mountain Lion - 6 to 16 years
Wolves - 9 to 12 years
Rabbit - up to 8 years
Bats - up to 5 years
Rats, Mice - up to 2 years
American Fish - 10 to 15 years
Snapping Turtles - up to 40 years
Box Turtles - 35 to 40 years
American Alligator - up to 40 years
Poisonous Snakes - up to 13 years
Most American Birds - 8 to 12 years
Hummingbird - up to 5 years
Sparrows, Blackbirds - up to 16 years
Canada Goose - up to 30 years
Crow, Vulture, Eagle, Raven - up to 40 years
African Elephant, Crocodile - up to 50 years
Hippopotamus - up to 45 years
Ostrich - up to 40 years
Giraffe - up to 30 years
Gorillas, Chimpanzees - up to 30 years
Lion - 6 to 10 years
Asian Elephant - up to 70 years
Indian Rhino - up to 45 years
Tiger - up to 19 years
Seals - up to 30 years
Whales - up to 40 years

Animal Baby Terminology
In general, animal babies are referred to as "young", "youngling", "younglet" or "offspring".

Alpaca - cria, tui
Antelope - calf
Ass, Burro, Donkey - foal
Bear - cub
Beasts of prey - whelp
Beaver - kit
Birds - fledgling, nestling
Cat - pussy, kit, kitten, catling
Codfish - codling, sprat
Cow - calf
Deer - fawn, yearling
Dog - pup, puppy, whelp
Duck - duckling
Eagle - eaglet
Eel - elver
Elephant - calf
Elephant Seal - weaner
Ferret - kit
Fish (general) - fry
Fowl (domestic) - chick, chicken
Fowl (wild) - flapper
Fox - cub, pup
Frog - polliwog, tadpole
Goat - kid
Goose - gosling, grouse, cheeper
Grouse - cheeper
Guinea Fowl - keet
Hawk - eyas
Hen - pullet
Hippopotomus - calf
Horse - foal, yearling, colt (m), filly (f)
Kangaroo - joey
Lion - cub
Llama - cria
Mackerel - blinker, tinker, spike
Owl - owlet
Partridge - cheeper
Pig - piglet, shoat, farrow, suckling
Pigeon - squab, squeaker
Quail - cheeper
Rabbit - bunny, kit, kitten
Rat - pup
Rhinocerus - calf
Rooster - cockerel
Salmon - parr, smolt, grilse
Seal, Sealion - signet, pup
Sheep - lamb
Swan - signet
Turkey - hatchling, keet

Sounds Animals Make

Apes - gibber
Asses - bray
Beetles - drone
Birds - sing
Blackbirds - whistle
Bulls - bellow
Calves - bleat, bawl
Cats - meow, mew, purr, caterwal, swear
Chickens - cluck, peep, cackle
Cocks - crow
Cows - moo, low, bawl
Crows - caw
Cukoos - cuckoo
Deer - bell
Dogs - bark, basy, howl, yelp, snarl, woof, arf
Dolphin - click
Doves - coo, moan
Ducks - quack
Eagles - scream
Elephants - trumpet
Falcons - chant
Flies - buzz
Foxes - bark, yelp
Frogs - croak
Geese - cackle, hiss, honk
Giraffes - bleat, grunt
Grasshoppers - chirp, pitter
Grouse - drum
Guinea Fowl - cry
Guinea Pigs, Cavy - squeak, whistle
Gulls - squawk
Hares - squeak
Hawks - scream
Hippopotami - bray, snort
Horses - neigh, whinny
Hyenas - laugh
Jays - chatter
Kittens - mew
Lions - roar, growl
Loons - howl
Magpies - chatter
Mice - squeak, squeal
Monkeys - chatter, gibber
Nightingales - pipe, warble, jug-jug
Owls - hoot, screech, wail
Oxen - low, bellow
Parrots - talk
Peacocks - scream
Penguin babies - bleat
Pigeons - coo
Pigs - grunt, squeal, squeak
Ravens - croak
Racoons - chatter
Rhinoceroses - snort, grunt, growl, whistle
Sandpipers - pipe, whistle
Sheep - baa, bleat
Snakes - hiss
Sparrows - chirp
Stags - bellow, call
Swallows - titter
Swans - crey, hiss, grunt, bark
Thrushes - whistle
Tigers - roar, growl
Tortoises - grunt
Turkeys - gobble
Wolves - howl

Small Animal Vital Statistics
Animal
Average Life Span
Adult Body Weight
Weaning Age
Age at 1st Breeding
Length of Heat Cycle
Gestation Period
Average Litter Size
Hamster
2-3 years
3-4 ounces
3 weeks
6-10 weeks
4 days
16 days
5-10 babies
Guinea Pig
3-4 years
1-1.5 pounds
2-3 weeks
3-7 months
16 days
63-68 days
3-4 babies
Mouse
2-3 years
1 ounce
3-4 weeks
4-6 weeks
4-5 days
19-21 days
10-12 babies
Rat
3-4 years
1 pound
3 weeks
7-8 weeks
4-5 days
21-23 days
6-12 babies
Rabbit
5-10 years
2-25 pounds
(depending on the breed)
4-6 weeks
5-9 months
ovulate when bred
29-35 days
4-10 babies
Gerbil
2-3 years
3-4 ounces
3-4 weeks
9-12 weeks
4-6 days
25 days
2-9 babies

When There's A Group Of Them
they are referred to by a Collective Noun.

Antelopes - herd
Ants - colony, swarm, army
Apes - shrewdness
Asses - herd, pace
Bacteria - culture
Badgers - cete
Bass - shoal
Bears - sleuth, sloth
Beavers - colony
Bees - swarm, grist, hive
Boars - sounder
Buffalos - herd
Bucks - clash, brace
Caterpillars - army
Cats - clowder, clutter
Kittens - kindle, litter
Cattle - herd, drove, kine
Guinea Pigs, Cavies - herd
Chickens - brood, peep
Chicks - clutch, chattering
Clams - bed
Cobras - quiver
Colts - rag
Coots - cover
Coyotes - band
Cranes - herd, sedge, siege
Crocodiles - float
Crows - murder
Cubs - litter
Curs - cowardice
Deer - herd
Dogs - pack
Dolphins - pod
Doves - dule
Ducks - paddling, team
Eggs - clutch
Elephants - herd
Birds - flock, congregation, volary, dissimulation
Elephant Seals - pod
Elk - gang
Emus - mob
Ferrets - business, fesnyng
Finches - charm
Fish - school, shoal, run, haul, catch, drought
Flies - swarm
Foxes - skulk, leash
Frogs - army, colony
Geese - gaggle / In Flight - skein
Gnats - swarm, cloud, horde
Goats - herd, tribe, trip
Gorillas - band
Greyhounds - leash
Hares - down, husk
Hawks - cast, kettle
Hens - brood
Herons - hedge, seige, sedge
Hogs - sounder, drift, passel, parcel
Piglets - litter
Horses - horras
Hounds - pack, mute, cry
Jackrabbits - husk
Jellyfish - smack
Kangaroos - troop, mob
Larks - ascension, exaultation
Leopards - leap, leep
Lions - pride
Locusts - plague
Magpies - tiding
Mallards - sord
Mares - stud
Martens - richness
Moles - labor
Monkies - troup
Mules - barren
Nightingales - wath
Oxen - yoke, drove, team, herd
Partrige - covey
Peacocks - muster, ostentation
Pheasants - nide, nye, bouquet
Pigeons - flock, flight
Ponies - string
Porpoises - herd, pod
Quail - covey, bevy
Rabbits - herd
Bunnies - nest, litter
Rats - pack, swarm
Rattlesnakes - rhumba
Ravens - unkindness
Rhinocerus - crash
Seals, Sealions - herd, pod
Sheep - flock
Snakes - nest
Snipes - walk, wisp
Sparrows - host
Squirrels - dray
Starlings - murmuration
Storks - mustering
Swallows - flight
Swans - herd, bevy, lamentation, wedge
Toads - knot
Trout - hover
Turkeys - raft, rafter
Turtledoves - pitying, dule
Turtles - bale
Walruses - pod
Whales - school, gam, pod
Wolves - pack, route, herd
Woodcocks - fall
Woodpeckers - descent

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