Invasive Fish That Can Survive on Land Caught in Georgia

An adult northern snakehead fish

An adult northern snakehead fish

Georgia's waterways got some bad news this week when an angler landed a northern snakehead fish in a private pond.

A terrifying species - known as the snakehead fish (yes, it's as scary looking as it sounds) - has Georgia fishermen on high alert, and they've been ordered to KILL ON SIGHT!

Fishermen who find a northern snakehead should take pictures, note where it was caught and then report it, the Georgia DNR said in a statement.

The sharp-tooth fish was first spotted in the wild in the United States in San Bernardino County's Silverwood Lake in California in 1997, according to NISIC's database.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resource Division (WRD) confirmed this is the first time the species has been found in Georgia.

The northern snakehead fish, a native to East Asia, used to be sold in pet stores, live-food fish markets and restaurants in some major cities before 2002, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the species to its list of injurious wildlife.

Juvenile northern snakeheads are capable of moving across land.

"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'.

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

However, don't go overestimating this air-breathing capability - the northern snakehead didn't crawl all the way from the Yangtze River basin to a pond in Georgia.

The species can survive on land for several days.

They grow up to 3-feet in length and are able to breathe air, allowing them to survive on land.

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