Animal Biography

The Green Moray Eel (Gymnothorax funebris) is named for it's dark green to brown color, however it's thick, scaleless skin is uniformly dark. The greenish tint is produced by a yellow mucus the eel secretes as protection from disease and parasites.

Green moray eels average 6 feet in length and 30 pounds, although individual eels have been known to grow as large as 8 feet and 65 pounds. Typically found on coral reefs, rocky shorelines and in mangroves in water less than 100 feet deep, the eels enjoy a wide range of habitat. They live in waters along the western Atlantic from New Jersey, through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, and south to Brazil. They are also found in the waters around the remote Ascension Island in the eastern Atlantic.

A nocturnal hunter, the green moray has poor eyesight, hunting - fish, squid, crabs, shrimp and occasionally other eels - primarily by smell. During the day, it hides in rocky crevices, with only its head emerging from the opening. Whether or not it is feeding, its mouth is constantly opening and closing, forcing water through its gills for oxygen (The Nature Conservancy).

In Zoo Tycoon

The Green Moray Eel was added in the Zoo Tycoon: Marine Mania expansion pack. They like deep tanks and love to have Sunken Logs. You need to have 4 of them in the start to keep them happy. They breed quickly and their tank gets dirty fast.

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