Snowflake Moray Eel

It’s said that no two snowflakes are alike. They bring to mind the winter season, holiday cheer….and eels?

The Snowflake Moray Eel gets its common name from the white blotchy patterns along its body. These markings provide the eel camouflage among the rocky crevices and caves of the Indo-Pacific region where it is found. They grow to be about 24 inches (60 cm) long.

Snowflake Moray Eels feed on small crustaceans like crabs. Moray eels actually have a second set of jaws within their throat. The first set of jaws makes the initial bite, while the second, known as the pharyngeal jaws, pulls prey into the eel’s throat.

Moray eels are bony fish that lack scales, there are around 200 species. While they appear intimidating as they frequently open and close their mouths, this isn’t a sign of aggression, it’s just how they breath. They’re not typically aggressive towards people, and usually only attack if disturbed or provoked.

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