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An Invasive Fish That Can
Breathe and Move on Land
Has Been Found in Georgia

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Posted By: StormCnter, 10/13/2019 8:29:09 AM

The northern snakehead is a long, blotchy-patterned fish that can breathe on land and travel on the ground by wriggling its slippery body. But those might not be the species’ most nightmarish qualities. Snakeheads have a voracious appetit; they've been known to chow down not only on other fish, but also crustaceans, reptiles, mammals and small birds. They are invasive to the United States, threatening to displace native species and upset the balance of aquatic ecosystems. The fish have been reported in more than a dozen states across the nation and, as Christine Hauser reports for the New York Times, they have now been found

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Catfur27 10/13/2019 9:01:22 AM (No. 206082)
"They are invasive to the United States, threatening to displace native species and upset the balance ..."...we're only concerned about "fish" here...right??
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 10/13/2019 9:14:00 AM (No. 206098)
In some ponds or smaller lakes, poisoning all fish with a short - lifetime poison is the answer, Then, once all these Chinese horrors are dead, we can restock with proper US species.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 10/13/2019 9:17:20 AM (No. 206107)
Lemee guess, if it's a new species, they named it a "Democrat."
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Reply 4 - Posted by: seamusm 10/13/2019 9:20:12 AM (No. 206112)
It didn't travel a thousand miles overland from the Northeast where it has been a problem for some years. It was brought there by some ignorant twit for whom this is a desired food. The snakehead is native to Southeast Asia. Guess who brought it to Georgia?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jlw509 10/13/2019 9:21:52 AM (No. 206114)
Even the very first Europeans to settle here, mostly inadvertently, brought in thousands of non-native species of viruses, bacteria, plants, fish, birds, and mammals. The Western Hemisphere lost its chance to be pristine in 1492. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to kill invasive fish.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: red1066 10/13/2019 9:44:05 AM (No. 206135)
This fish first came to the public's attention some twenty years ago when they found it in Maryland. A version of what #2's suggested was done. Some ponds were just drained. They started showing up in the Potomac river, those that caught them were advised to kill them. Haven't heard much about these fish for years. The media got tired of reporting about them.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: frew 10/13/2019 9:51:18 AM (No. 206141)
New species coming in and displacing old ones is a completely natural process. Preference for one species of fish over another in a given habitat is more like a religious question.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog 10/13/2019 10:13:30 AM (No. 206167)
Some invasive species of animals are actually good - like pheasants. But this one is not. Hopefully most snakeheads will be killed off.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Highlander 10/13/2019 10:51:42 AM (No. 206207)
God made the snakehead along with other odious creatures (orifice fish, for ex.) for reasons only He knows. I intend to ask him about that when I see a Him face-to-face.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: snakeoil 10/13/2019 10:59:34 AM (No. 206214)
Since I live in Georgia this is good news for me. Georgia has some strange laws such as it's illegal to kill a non venomous snake. So if I were called out I'd have to claim that the snake committed suicide by banging itself into my hoe. Now I can just say: My bad. I thought it was that stinking fish.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Readaholic 10/13/2019 11:02:58 AM (No. 206216)
#9 that what Dennis Prager says about mosquitoes.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: worried 10/13/2019 11:45:06 AM (No. 206249)
There us a native species which was consigned to the East, but was later introduced to the western states. Adults consume smaller fish (bluegill, banded killifish), shad, snails, crawfish (crayfish), frogs, snakes, salamanders, bats[14] and even small water birds, mammals, and baby alligators. (You know, crustaceans, reptiles, mammals and small birds!) This fish is better known as the largemouth bass. How many native species have been displaced, and how much of the ecosystem balance has been upset? Methinks some people are too quick to condemn that which they really know very little about. Why don't they worry about wild camels in the southwest?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Safari Man 10/13/2019 12:35:36 PM (No. 206296)
Speaking of snakehead, where *has* James Carville been lately?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DanvilleBill 10/13/2019 1:29:01 PM (No. 206319)
Can they be trained to dine on lamprey eels?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Nevadadad46 10/13/2019 1:47:02 PM (No. 206327)
But, narry a word about the asian carp that has utterly destroyed inland waterway fish.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: wayneright 10/13/2019 3:08:30 PM (No. 206370)
FAKE NEWS. Snake Heads, while invasive, are not generally harmful. Here in Florida the effort to remove them is largely winding down, and are considered a valuable game fish. Far more damaging invasive species are out there to worry about, Asian Big Head Carp most of all.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Salt5792 10/13/2019 3:16:50 PM (No. 206373)
It's a miracle. A bad development that Trump isn't getting blamed for.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: MickTurn 10/13/2019 5:21:21 PM (No. 206451)
Sounds like a Democrap...barely breathing crawling through the slime...Yep!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 10/14/2019 1:14:41 AM (No. 206700)
Was it something brought here to save US from an invasive something else ?
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