How Long Do Snowy Owls Live?

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In the wild, the snowy owl has an average lifespan of 10 years. The lifespan of the oldest known snowy owl in its natural habitat is 9 years and 5 months. In the wild, however, there are some snowy owls that are found to live for 15 to 20 years.

In captivity, these owls live longer and they tend to have a lifespan of more than 28 years. However, the maximum lifespan of the snowy owl ever recorded is 23 years and 10 months. It was a female snowy owl and she was banded in 1992 in Massachusetts.


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