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Snakehead Fish Has Been Found In Georgia That Can Survive On Land

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Northern Snakehead Fish found in Georgia

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. Here's why - the snakehead devours everything in its path. "In Georgia, it is unlawful to import, transport, sell, transfer or possess any species of snakehead fish without a valid wild animal license". They can breathe air from the atmosphere using an air bladder that works like a lung and are known to travel short distances on land. The only good news. they don't eat humans, so this won't be a "Sharknado" situation.

Maryland had the first established population of the fish in 2002, and the state has the largest distribution of northern snakeheads, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. That's why they call fishermen the "first line of defense". Instead, they MUST "Kill it immediately", and keeping in mind they can breathe air. they should be frozen.

State officials additionally say, "If possible, take pictures of the fish, including close ups of its mouth, fins and tail..." Let's be careful out there, people.

"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".

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.

The northern snakehead can grow to "3 feet in length", according to the Georgia DNR.

The species can survive on land for several days.

Officials are concerned about the Northern snakehead infiltrating USA water because they are 'voracious predators'. The state's Department of Natural Resources said that these invasive creatures have been reported in 14 US states so far.

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