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Latest News On Snake Head Fish In The US, Images, Video, Information And Locations

Updated on January 13, 2015

More dangerous than the piranha fish, the Snakes-head fish has become a deadly epidemic within the inland waters across the US.

This veracious predator eats or attacks virtually anything that moves within the water, including swimmers, and even people sitting on low lying areas near the water.

Latest news reports of 'The Giant Snakehead' fish leaving the waters and moving along the ground are not totally untrue. The larger species have been known for years to be able to move along waterlogged ground to populate other rivers and ponds.

Getting in the way of these lethal fish is not recommended as serious injury could occur.

Originating around Africa and Asia, the Snakeshead fish have found the warm waters of Florida an ideal breeding ground. This invasive species have the capability of wiping out every other species of fish in ponds, rivers, and canals.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service have admitted that they have lost the battle to contain such a hardy adversary.

Fish Attack

Eating Habits

Patrolling the waters of Florida and throughout America, the snakeheads will eat virtually anything with a heartbeat. Smaller fish, frogs and toads, as well as rats and even small birds all fall victim to the sharp teeth of this violent breed of fish.

It has been known that even larger birds such as pelicans have been attacked when they dip their beaks into the waters.

Small snakes, even those which are longer than than the fish itself, are also a meals to the snakehead. Cannibalism is not normal for these fish, but if hungry, they will eat their own offspring as well possibly taking a bite from a human.

The snakeheads will eat anything if it moving. If they take a bite from a smaller fish, they would leave it to die, as it is no longer moving rapidly.

Within a few years, this species of fish may be the only type left in the inland waters of the USA.


The Northern Snakehead (Channa Argus) has been identified as the main species of snakeheads to infiltrate the USA. This species usually grow between 24 and 35 inches in length, although up to 60 inches have been reported.

Distinguishing features include a long dorsal fin and a large mouth extending beyond the eyes. Coloring varies from golden to dark brown with black markings around the sides and over the back.

The sharp teeth are situated in bands similar to a pike and are able to rip flesh from any animal if required. The snakeshead fishes domain is usually fresh water as they have a limited capability to living in salt water.

The snakehead fish also needs to breathe air to survive explaining why the larger species can travel across waterlogged ground.


There are no natural predators for this fish except for man. This leaves the Snakehead Fish species able to breed unhindered.

The ferociousness of the fish ensures that if any other predator enter the waters, they are soon dealt with. Many of these species of deadly fish work in pairs, so if you see one, there is usually the mate nearby.

The spread of these fish has been extremely rapid over the last decade. They are such a strong and hardy fish withstanding many environments. Estimated to of originated in the Himalayas 50 million years ago, their endurance is phenomenal.

The snake head fish was first discovered in the USA in 2002, in Crofton, Maryland. The pond was drained and over 100 baby and two adult snakeheads were destroyed.

A man later admitted to releasing his two pet snakeheads into the pond weeks earlier and was arrested.

In 2004, latest news reported that 19 adult snakeheads were caught in the Potomac River and were thought to of been well established.

By 2008 the snake-head was discovered in Arkansas, New York Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts as well as Carolina, Florida and California.

Nearly 1/6 of adults have been caught in reservoirs.

Government bodies have attempted to eradicate the species by various means. Poisons were sprayed into secluded ponds to wipe out the breeding pattern of the snakeshead. Unfortunately this usually killed every living fish and amphibian within the pond.

The eco-system of every river, pond. reservoir or lake that these fish enter is under threat.

This invasive species has been introduced into the the waterways throughout America by imbeciles whom release pets into the canals when they become to large for their aquariums or are to vicious to keep.

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Snakeheads As Pets

The snakeshead fish is now illegal to keep as a pet in all states of America.

The illegal trade in these fish has been helped by the Asian community whom believe that the fish has certain medicinal properties when eaten.

Hefty fines and possible incarceration for repeat offenders whom peddle live snakehead fish are imposed in most states. Many owners of pet snakeheads have been told to destroy them.

In the UK (England) feeding live animals to snakes or other carnivorous animals such as deadly fish, is totally banned, but they are allowed to feed the snakes with frozen mice or rats.

Allowing children ( see video above ) to witness such vicious attacks is uncalled for. It is natural in the wild for animals to feed off of each other, but not in the living room.

Snakehead fish make good eating. Many recipes for snake head fish have been released so as anglers can begin to catch them in another bid to help reduce the population.

Have you encountered the Snake-head Fish ?

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If YES, please state when and where in the comments box below.


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      Dan Human 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Though I know that you are encouraged to kill a snakehead if you catch one, the dang things are scary looking. It kind of makes me not want to go fishing. Great information here.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Gosh! This is a big news to me. I had just watch a pirahna movie and now the snake head fish had submerged! Haven't seen them yet but am glad to know that this provide lots of info on this bad fish. Voted useful

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      A friend told me about these fish in PA. I still have not seen one. I just know they are aggressive. Great article ricky.