Typical Life Spans for Pet Reptiles and Amphibians

By Patricia Bartlett

Part of Reptiles & Amphibians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Some pet reptiles and amphibians are long-lived — you might need to provide for them in your will! Here are a few average life spans for some typical pet reptiles and amphibians:

  • Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum): 10 to 25 years

  • Two-toed amphiuma (Amphiuma means): 14 to 24 years

  • Barking treefrog (Hyla gratiosa): 7 years

  • Boa constrictor (Boa constrictor contrictor): 38 years

  • Rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchia cenchia): 10 years

  • Corn snake (Elaphe guttata guttata): 21 years

  • Reeve’s turtle (Chinemys reevsi): 24 years

  • Helmeted turtles (Pelomedusa subrufa subrufa): 16 years

  • Leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius): 20 years

  • Green anole (Anolis carolinensis): 7 years