The state of Georgia has issued a warning to residents about the northern snakehead fish, a dangerous invasive species, which they have advised residents to immediately ‘kill’ if they encounter. As The Daily Mail reports:
An invasive Chinese fish that can survive for several days on land and is predatory has been found in Georgia – and state wildlife officials are telling people to ‘kill it immediately.’
The unexpected fish was found in Gwinnett County in early October in a pond attached to private property.
Check out the scary sharp teeth on this #snakehead…amazing. pic.twitter.com/7odNxv6W
— Austin Murphy (@MDVAsnakehead) August 14, 2012
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 have an ‘air bladder’, according to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, and can spend four days out of water.
Officials are concerned about the continued spread of the fish due to their incredibly viscious and predatory nature.