The northern snakehead, a fish that can survive on land and breathe air, has been sighted in Georgia, fueling officials to warn folks to slay the species on sight.
“Kill it immediately,” in a statement advised the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “DO NOT RELEASE IT.” A freshwater fish, the northern snakehead is native to Eurasia, however it has made strides in 14 other states prior to its debut this month in Georgia. In Gwinnett County, an angler seized the fish in a private pond, northeast of Atlanta, sparking state officials to discharge their latest warning to the public. The species appears unobjectionable enough, with a spotted, narrow body that can sprout to about three feet. Though the northern snakehead is a insatiable predator that poses a serious threat to fish, crustaceans, amphibians, and additional native species, and can be combative when protecting young, accordant to the US Geological Survey.
Georgia officials wish to stem the outbreak of the species before it journeys overland to other bodies of water in the state. “Our first line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species, such as the northern snakehead, are our anglers,” stated Matt Thomas, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. “Thanks to the quick report by an angler, our staff was able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this water body. 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.”
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