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Threat Level: low
Family Name: Triakidae
- General Information: This species of shark
is found on the Pacific coast of North America, hiding in coral.
They like corral because it gives protection and provides many
sources of food. When the shark dies, it's body decomposes and
helps form new corral for new sharks to live in.
- Size: The Leopard shark ranges from 3-6 feet
- Teeth: Leopard sharks are "pavement-toothed".
This means that their tooth sets form overlapping ridges between
the different tooth rows. The pointed surfaces of the tooth ridges
are capable of puncturing a wet suit, although there are no reports
of a human ever being bitten by one of these sharks.
- Color: The Leopard is aptly named for it's
distinctive markings...dark brown spots on a silvery background.
- Feeding Habits: These sharks feed on crustaceans,
worms, small fish, and other organisms that they find in the reefs.
- Senses: This shark is endowed with good eyesight,
a great sense of smell, and all of the other senses other sharks
have. it's ability to detect the electric impulses given off by
other living organisms aids it in finding food.
- Social Behaviour: Leopard sharks are schooling
- Habitat | Migration | Distribution: Leopard
sharks are found on the western coast of North America. They migrate
annually from the coast of California to the northern bays of
- Life Span: The oldest Leopard shark on record
lived to be 25 years old.
- Reproduction: The young of the Leopard shark
hatch while still inside the uterus. When they are free from the
mothers body, they are one-hundred percent ready to fend for themselves.
There are from 4-29 pups per litter, and are about 20
long at birth.
- Swimming: This species swims in an undulating
fashion. They are active, strong little swimmers.
- Population Report: These sharks are fished
for their sweet meat, but are found in abundance. This species
is well managed, which puts it's population at a lower risk than
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