Leopard Shark

Leopard Shark

Triakis semifasciata

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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.

Did You Know?

These sharks will rest on the ocean floor and pump water over their gills.


Leopard sharks spend much of their time near the sea floor, so their food animals 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 2–5 feet, but can grow up to 7 feet.


Eastern Pacific, from Oregon to the Gulf of California

Population Status

This species is not at high risk, but does depend on conservation efforts.


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A Note From the Caretaker

This is a great species to care for. They are extremely docile and do well with a variety of other fishes. I think that these are one of the more beautiful sharks—elongate, sleek and graceful. And the silver to bronze coloration with the dark saddles and spots is very attractive.

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