This fish can survive on land, and officials want it dead


Wildlife officials in Georgia are warning about an invasive fish species.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division said that the fish was found in a pond on private property in Gwinnett County earlier this month.

An invasive fish has been marked for death in Georgia.

"If you think you've caught a northern snakehead. kill it immediately and freeze it", Georgia wildlife officials warned in a press release.

- DO NOT RELEASE IT. - Kill it immediately and freeze it. - If possible, take pictures of the fish.

The Northern snakehead have an "air bladder", according to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, and can spend four days out of water.

A snakehead fish is considered a non-native invasive species, which means it affects native species by competing for food and habitat.

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Matt Thomas, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division, told CBS 46 that officials are investigating where the fish came from.

The Facebook post read: "Northern snakeheads are bad news".

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 fish likely made their way into the wild from unauthorized releases by fish markets or aquarium owners. "They can breathe air and can survive in low-oxygenated systems", the department added.

Officials are concerned about the Northern snakehead infiltrating US water because they are 'voracious predators'.

© Steve Ruark, AP A Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist holds an adult northern snakehead fish in this file photo. The long, thin fish has a dark brown blotchy appearance and can grow up to three feet in length.