Snakehead Fish

Invasive Fish From Asia – Can You Handle It?

Snakeheads

Channa Argus is a native fish of Asia. Snakeheads first entered the Maryland ecosystem when a local man ordered a pair of Snakeheads in New York’s Chinatown. In Asia, the fish is believed to have healing powers when eaten.

The man’s sister became ill, so he thought it would be a good idea to get some Snakehead fish for his sister. By the time he got back to Maryland his sister had recovered. So he kept the fish in an aquarium for a while. But then against his better judgment, he released them into a local pond. This is believed to be the first case of Snakeheads being introduced into an American fishery.

Snakehead Fish

So whats the big deal?

Well for starters, this fish is a top-level predator, meaning it has no natural enemies. It reproduces at a rapid rate. They have a voracious appetite, feeding primarily on other fish. … Read More