Invasive Snakehead Fish Spotted in Georgia for First Time

Northern Snakehead Fish found in Georgia

‘Kill it immediately.’ 3-foot long fish that can live on land found in Georgia waters | Charlotte Observer

Wildlife officials in Georgia are asking anglers to learn how to identify, kill and photograph the fish and reporting their catch to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries office.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division confirmed someone found a northern snakehead in a pond on private property in Gwinnett County, marking the first time the invasive fish has been found in the state, according to the DNR. Here's why - the snakehead devours everything in its path.

The Facebook post read: "Northern snakeheads are bad news". This fish has a dark brown blotchy appearance and can grow up to 3 feet in length. The only good news. they don't eat humans, so this won't be a "Sharknado" situation.

The snakehead fish is a non-native invasive species. They can survive on land.

The department urges people to photograph the fish, including some close-up shots "of its mouth, fins and tail".

Speaking to CBS 46, he said: "Our first line of defence in the fight against aquatic invasive species, such as the northern snakehead, are our anglers". The state's Department of Natural Resources said that these invasive creatures have been reported in 14 US states so far.

The fish - which are native to the Yangtze River basin - pose a serious threat to indigenous wildlife as they compete for food and habitat.

A United States Geological Survey fact sheet says the northern snakehead can survive up to four days out of the water and that juveniles can migrate over land, making this toothy fish a prime candidate for your nightmares.

The species can survive on land for several days. The Northern Snakehead fish is a predator itself so the concern is that if left unchecked the fish could eliminate the local fish population.

The fish likely made their way into the wild from unauthorized releases by fish markets or aquarium owners.

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