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Leopard Shark

(Triakis semifasciata)

  • Animal Type

    Sharks and Rays

  • Exhibits

    Not currently on exhibit.

  • Range

    Pacific Ocean


The leopard shark is slender and elongated. It's gray or brown with black saddles across its back and black blotches along the length of its body.

Like many shark species, the leopard shark may take as many as 10 years to reach sexual maturity.

Quick Facts

Learn more about the leopard shark! Did you know that these sharks will rest on the ocean floor and pump water over their gills?

The leopard shark can be found in the eastern Pacific Ocean, from Oregon to the Gulf of California.

Leopard sharks spend much of their time near the ocean floor, so their prey are typically bottom dwellers as well, such as crabs, shrimp, clams, marine worms and small fish.

The size of a leopard shark typically ranges from 2 to 5 feet, but they can grow up to 7 feet.

This species is not at high risk, but the stability of their population does depend on conservation efforts.

Predators of the leopard shark include the broadnose sevengill shark.

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