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US News Freaky air-breathing fish sparks 'kill it immediately' warning

03:20  11 october  2019
03:20  11 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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The northern snakehead, an invasive fish that can breathe air and survive on land, has been spotted for the first time in the state of Georgia, prompting officials to warn “ Kill it immediately ,” instructed the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division in a statement on Tuesday.

They are able to " breathe air allowing them to survive on land and in low oxygenated systems." The voracious and invasive lionfish is taking over the "We would ask say anglers that do catch a snakehead to kill it immediately . Then call the DNR so we can document when and where."

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Georgia's waterways got some bad news this week when an angler landed a northern snakehead fish in a private pond. These oddball animals can get up to 3 feet in length (that's about a meter) and are known for their voracious appetites and ability to breathe air. 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued an alert about the fish this week and gave instructions for what to do if you think you've caught one. 

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They are able to " breathe air allowing them to survive on land and in low oxygenated systems." Because northern snakeheads can negatively impact native species by competing for the same resources, wildlife officials encourage anyone who comes across the fish to " kill it immediately and

Wildlife officials warn public to kill ‘land-dwelling’ fish on sight. Even scarier, these serpentine swimmers can breathe air — allowing them to exist on land for days at a time. The post sparked a flurry of remarks from the FB peanut gallery, most concerning the snakehead’s purported deliciousness.

a close up of a hand holding a fish: This USGS photo lets you peer inside the mouth of a northern snakehead. © CNET

This USGS photo lets you peer inside the mouth of a northern snakehead.

The first step is to not release it. Next: "Kill it immediately (remember, it can survive on land) and freeze it." The department asks anglers to report suspected snakeheads to the Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.

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 fish compete with native species for both food and habitat. 

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The northern snakehead is native to China but has already been spotted in multiple US states, including Maryland, California, Arkansas and Virginia. 

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Wildlife officials in Georgia are warning about an invasive fish species. “ Kill it immediately and freeze it . They can survive on land.” “Northern snakehead are bad news. Northern snakeheads can get up to three feet in length. They can also breathe air allowing them to survive on land and in low

An invasive fish species that can breathe air and survive on land has been found in Georgia for the first time. And officials are warning anyone who comes into contact with the species to kill it immediately . An angler caught the northern snakehead fish this month in a pond in Gwinnett County

The fish likely made their way into the wild from unauthorized releases by fish markets or aquarium owners. The snakehead's capture in Georgia is a first for the Peach State.  

a close up of a fish: Juvenile northern snakeheads are capable of moving across land. Georgia Department of Natural Resources © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Juvenile northern snakeheads are capable of moving across land. Georgia Department of Natural Resources

"We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters," said Matt Thomas, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division.  

In case you're wondering, you can indeed eat a northern snakehead. It might be ugly, but it's reportedly delicious.

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