The average and maximum lifespan of Apalone ferox in the wild appears to be unknown. Captives often live over 20 years and a specimen at the National Zoological Park (Washington D.C.) reportedly lived 36 years and 8 months.
Status: captivity: 36.75 (high) years.
Status: captivity: 20 (high) years.
- Slavens, F. 1999. Reptiles and Amphibians in Captivity-Breeding-Longevity and Inventory. Seattle, WA: Slavewear.