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

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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.

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