How long do Triops and other Tadpole Shrimps live?
The life expectancy of Triops and more generally Tadpole Shrimps is rather short as compared to other animals. If you are wondering how long your Triops will live, under optimum conditions in your aquarium, we can tell you that Triops, in general, will not get older than three months. The lifespan of other prehistoric Shrimps such as Fairy Shrimp, Clam Shrimp or Brine Shrimp is not higher either.
Generalising, one could say:
The life expectancy of Triops and other Tadpole Shrimps is rarely more than three months.
Why is the life expectancy of Tadpole Shrimps so low?
To establish the short lifespan of Tadpole Shrimps, some more research is required. To shed a bit of light upon this for you, however, we justify it with the life cycle of Tadpole Shrimps. Whether Triops, Fairy Shrimps, Clam Shrimps or Brine Shrimps, all Tadpole Shrimps lay eggs during their lives – many eggs. Tadpole Shrimps are developing rapidly and are, therefore, already able to bury their cysts in the sand or release the eggs after only about two to three weeks.
Because Triops are capable of laying a lot of Triops-eggs after such a short time already, evolutionary it is not necessary for Triops to survive for very long periods. This is very different for other animals that are not able to give birth as frequently throughout the year. As calculated over the average life of Tadpole Shrimps, their many eggs result in significantly more offspring than is the case for most other species.
Why is the low life expectancy of Tadpole Shrimps advantageous for children?
Tadpole Shrimp are very well suited as a first pet for kids. Parents can easily find out whether the child is ready for an own pet by simple means – low investment costs when buying an initial Tadpole Shrimp kit, as well as the low life expectancy of them. Pets require a lot of attention and a sense of responsibility which is why you should think twice before you decide to get a dog or a cat for the kids. Has the child succeeded in staying excited about the animals over the entire lifetime of the Tadpole Shrimp and always provided them with Triops feed, as well as cleaned the aquarium, as a parent you may consider taking the next step and think about a “real” pet.
Of course, the pain of separation can still be large when the life of a Tadpole Shrimp comes to an end. Nevertheless, the bond children build in such a short time is not comparable to, for instance, the bond to a rabbit or dog.
Tadpole Shrimps have a rather short lifetime. However, during that time they lay many eggs. From these eggs new Tadpole Shrimp can hatch and then the fun with the Tadpole Shrimps can be repeated without any further investments.
Awaken your intellectual curiosity and get yourself Tadpole Shrimps into your living room!