7 Creatures With the Shortest Lifespans


We all try our hardest to live for as long as possible. We do everything we can to stay healthy and active, yet we still have a hard time just trying to get to ninety years of age.

However, we should probably feel fortunate, as not all creatures in the world can live as long as we can. There are many creatures that have extremely short lifespans. Some of these creatures are ones that won’t even last for a full month before they die off. Many of them are even ones that don’t really do anything other than eat or work in their hives depending on what their roles are in nature.

These animals are fascinating, as their short lifespans make it tough for some of these creatures to do much of anything. Still, they do what they can to make the most of their extremely short lives. With all this in mind, let us take a look at seven creatures that have extremely short lifespans. These are creatures that can be found in the skies, the water and many other places and are not going to live for too long no matter where they are.

House Mouse – 1 year

The house mouse is a commonplace rodent that has a pointed snout, a long tail with no hair on it and small ears that are rounded. It has evolved over the years into a rodent that is more likely to be found in homes than it is in the wild. In fact, the house mouse has been used by many science labs for testing purposes over the years.

The house mouse only has an average lifespan of about one year. In fact, the potential for the house mouse to live a shorter life is great when all the threats of its life are considered. A house mouse can be attacked and devoured by predatory animals. It can also be harmed by mouse traps.

Although the house mouse will not live for too long, it can breed quite often, thus causing quick infestations. An adult female can breed every two to three weeks on average, producing about five to ten mice at a time. This makes it very easy for a house mouse to develop.


Still, this rodent can run, swim and climb quite well when its size is considered. It is even capable of hearing ultrasound waves. Even with these qualities, the house mouse is unable to see colors, thereby forcing it to make more of an effort to try and find where it is going as it moves around a house.

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