White-spotted bamboo sharks belong to the family Hemiscyllidae and have a elongated grey/brown body featuring darker stripes. They can grow to about three feet long and inhabit the Indo-West Pacific Ocean regions of Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan and the Philippines.

These sharks prefer shallow reefs and have slender bodies to navigate between coral branches and crevices. Similar to other sharks, they have electroreceptors on their snout to locate food buried within sand or mud. Their fins are used to “crawl” along ocean floors/reefs.

In a special 12-part video series that culminates at the start of Shark Week 2019 on July 22, the Phoenix Zoo is giving guests an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the remarkable white-spotted bamboo shark! We’ll be the tour guides as we show you how they eat, lay eggs, hatch and grow!