Animal Age

How old does a Muskox get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Muskox reaches?

An adult Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) usually gets as old as 24 years.

Muskoxs are around 256 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 10.46 kg (23.07 lbs) and measure 2.37 meter (7′ 10″). As a member of the Bovidae family (genus: Ovibos), their offspring is 1 babies per pregnancy. Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 1.16 meter (3′ 10″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Muskox gets as old as 24 years

The muskox (Ovibos moschatus, in Latin “musky sheep-ox”), also spelled musk ox and musk-ox (in Inuktitut: ᐅᒥᖕᒪᒃ, umingmak; in Woods Cree: ᒫᖨᒨᐢ, mâthi-môs, ᒫᖨᒧᐢᑐᐢ, mâthi-mostos), is an Arctic hoofed mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males during the seasonal rut, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. Its Inuktitut name “umingmak” translates to “the bearded one”. Its Woods Cree names “mâthi-môs” and “mâthi-mostos” translate to “ugly moose” and “ugly bison”, respectively. Muskoxen primarily live in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, with introduced populations in the American state of Alaska, the Canadian territory of Yukon, the Scandinavian Peninsula, and Siberia.

Animals of the same family as a Muskox

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Bovidae):

Animals that reach the same age as Muskox

With an average age of 24 years, Muskox are in good companionship of the following animals:

Animals with the same number of babies Muskox

The same number of babies at once (1) are born by:

Weighting as much as Muskox

A fully grown Muskox reaches around 312.67 kg (689.31 lbs). So do these animals:

  • Polar bear weighting 373.35 kilos (823.09 lbs) on average
  • Tamaraw weighting 252.7 kilos (557.11 lbs) on average
  • Bongo (antelope) weighting 269.5 kilos (594.15 lbs) on average
  • Anoa weighting 256 kilos (564.38 lbs) on average
  • Malayan tapir weighting 309.61 kilos (682.57 lbs) on average
  • Mountain zebra weighting 279.73 kilos (616.7 lbs) on average
  • Kiang weighting 280.57 kilos (618.55 lbs) on average
  • Burchell’s zebra weighting 278.08 kilos (613.06 lbs) on average
  • Dugong weighting 295 kilos (650.36 lbs) on average
  • Hooded seal weighting 278.95 kilos (614.98 lbs) on average