Fish can survive for days on land; US State Officials Order To kill on sight
A unique snakehead fish has been found earlier this month in Georgia, USA.
Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources in the US sent out a warning to “immediately kill” an invasive fish species which can breathe on land.
It is said that the Northern snakeheads can also breathe on land and can grow to 3 feet long.
Several invasive Asian snakehead fishes were found in a pond on private property.
Wildlife Resources Division – Georgia DNR warned anglers on their official social media accounts.
If you find a northern snakehead in Georgia, kill it immediately and contact a DNR Regional Office. https://t.co/dbxWM0gaZQ— Georgia DNR Wildlife (@GeorgiaWild) October 10, 2019
Officials urge anglers who catch one to do the following, according to Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources:
- DO NOT RELEASE IT.
- Kill it immediately and freeze it. They can survive on land.
- If possible, take pictures of the fish. Include close-ups of its mouth, fins and tail.
- Note where it was caught like the water body, landmarks or GPS coordinates.
- Immediately report it to your regional Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.
According to the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it has been picked up from Gwinnett County Pond, Georgia.
State officials in a press release that this is the first time this fish has been found in a water source in Georgia. However, despite its unique ability to survive on land, Georgia DNR Wildlife wants to kill it.
Officials in the province of Georgia do not want this fish to live there stating that they are a ‘Threat to the ecosystem’.
According to the American Geological Survey, this fish-shaped like a snake-like mouth destroys the ecosystem of the water source in which it lives.
The fish, which looks similar to a bowfin, can be harmful to wildlife because it displaces other species in the water.
According to the reports, it’s said that the fish has eaten rats while living in the ground.
Georgia wildlife officials want to stop it from flourishing, and the officials have formulated a foolproof animal control measure.
State officials are trying to find out if this species of fish has reached anywhere other than Georgia’s Gwinnett County pond.
Usually, this fish is a species of East Asia. Maryland first established a population of the fish and sold it for food in the market till 2002.
But in the same year, America declared the species as ‘dangerous’ for wildlife.