Invasive northern snakehead fish have been found for the first time in Georgia. Wildlife officials have recommended that if anglers happen to catch this fish, they should “kill it immediately and freeze it. They can survive on land.”
In early October, an angler reported catching the fish in a pond located in a county near Atlanta, according to a blog post by wildlife officials.
These aggressive fish are now recognized as an invasive species. They can grow to more than three feet in length and although they normally prey on invertebrates, frogs, and smaller fish, they have been known to attack anything when they are breeding.
One of their most unique attributes is the ability to survive out of water for up to four days.
This fish is aptly named due to its similarities with the slithery reptiles.
The snake is native to the Yangtze River basin in China. However, snakeheads have been reported in 14 states in the United States.
Northern snakeheads have the potential to impact native species in introduced areas by competing for food and habitat.