Kingdom : Animalia
                        Class : Actinopterygii
                     Family : Muraenidae
      Scientific Name : Muraenidae

                          Size : 11 - 400cm (4 - 157in)
             Water Type : Salt
 Optimim pH Level : 5 - 7
                 Life Span : 10 - 30 years

                     Colour : Grey, Black, Brown, 
                                     White, Yellow, Green,
                                       Blue, Orange
               Skin Type : Scales
    Special Features : Sharp teeth and
                                   elongated body
  1. Moray Eels are large species of eel found all around the world’s warm temperate waters.
  2. Although they look like snakes, they are not reptiles, but are fish.
  3. They inhabit the deep and shallow waters around the tropical coral reefs.
  4. There are around 200 species of moray eel varying in length from 10cm to 2m.
  5. All the species have an elongated body which is flattened towards the tail.
  6. They have large eyes and large teeth and vary in color and size, depending on the species.
  7. They are secretive by nature and spend most of their lives hiding in holes and rocky crevices on the ocean floor.
  8. This helps them ambush their prey as well as escape from their predators.
  9. They are carnivores, feeding on molluscs, crustaceans and fish
  10. Despite their being dominant predators, they are preyed upon by barracuda, sharks and humans.
  11. Moray eels mate at the end of summer, with the females laying around 10,000 eggs.
  12. The eggs are fertilized in the water and the larvae become a part of plankton.
  13. Here the larvae continue to grow and develop over one year to become big enough to live on the ocean floor.

 

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