Northern Puffer (Sphoeroides maculatus)

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Northern Puffer (Sphoeroides maculatus)

Also known as ... Blow Toad, Blowfish, Swell Toad

Description ...

The northern puffer has a box like or blunt body shape.  They can rapidly increase their size or alter their shape by swelling their belly with air or water and resemble a sphere.  This is defense mechanism for protection to scare off predators.  They have large rabbit like incisor teeth that look like a beak.  They are light brown in color on the back and sides with a white belly.  They have several dark vertical bars to stripes that run down the sides.  Their fins . . .

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