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Zebra Shark Facts

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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Stegostoma Fasciatum
The area where the animal first came from
Indian and Pacific Oceans
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
0.6m - 2.5m (2ft - 8.2ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
16kg - 20kg (35lbs - 44lbs)
The animal group that the species belongs to
Optimum pH Level:
The perfect acidity conditions for the animal
7.8 - 8.4
How long the animal lives for
15 - 20 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Brown, Black, Yellow, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Tropical, coastal waters
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Fish, Crabs, Snails
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Large Sharks, Humans
Special Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Flattened body shape and long tail fin

Zebra Shark Location

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Zebra Shark

The zebra shark is a medium-sized species of shark, that is found in the warmer coastal waters and around tropical coral reefs. Zebra sharks are most commonly found in the Indian and South Pacific oceans.

Zebra sharks can grow to nearly 3 meters in length and can get to be 30 years old in the wild. Zebra sharks that are kept in captivity generally do not exceed 15 years of age. Zebra sharks can be identified by the yellow spots that are present on the back of the zebra shark.

Zebra sharks have a long, flattened body which helps them to remain unnoticed on the seabed. The zebra shark also has a long tail which allows it to be more agile in the water. Zebra sharks move their tails from side to side when they swim, in an eel-like manner.

Zebra sharks are omnivorous animals but tend to have a more meat-based diet. Zebra sharks feed on small fish, crabs, shrimp, snails and other small invertebrates along with squid and sea snakes which they forage for in the coral reefs.

Due to their relatively large size, zebra sharks have few natural predators as they are fairly dominant predators in their environment. Larger species of shark such as tiger sharks and bull sharks are the main predators of the zebra shark, along with humans who hunt them for their meat and fins.

The female zebra shark lays an average of ten large eggs which hatch after an incubation period of around 5 months. The baby zebra sharks are nearly half a meter long when they first hatch.

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First Published: 2nd November 2009, Last Updated: 10th September 2018

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