Animals & Attractions

The green spotted pufferfish can be seen in the tank within our Brilliant Birds exhibit.

In the wild

The green spotted puffer (Tetraodon nigroviridis) is also referred to as the Leopard Puffer, Green Pufferfish, Green Spotted Puffer, Burmese Pufferfish, Spotted Green Pufferfish. They are found in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Indochina, Malaysia and the Philippines. They live in brackish water in coastal areas, freshwater rivers, streams, lakes and flooded areas even occasionally in the sea. Adults spend most of their time in the ocean, but can also be found in slow-moving rivers, estuaries and the upper reaches of backwaters.

Their body is covered with small spines and the skin has a leathery texture. The adults are a rich green colour on top with dark spots and a white stomach while in juveniles the green is less vivid. These fish are omnivores, and their diet mainly consists of other fish, crustaceans, molluscs and worms as well as vascular plants and detritus, to help with this, they have rock hard beaks and sharp teeth. They can grow up to 17 cm in length.

This fish has the ability to fill their body with water or with air and puff themselves up when they feel in danger and which gives the popular name ‘puffer fish’. When they puff themselves, their spines protrude outward.

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