Invasive snakehead fish found in Georgia

Invasive snakehead fish found in Georgia

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 An invasive fish species that can breathe air and survive on land has been found in Georgia for the first time, and officials are warning anyone who comes into contact with the species to kill it immediately.

An invasive fish species has been found in Georgia for the first time and the DNR has a message to those who come in contact with it: kill it and freeze it immediately. 

The northern snakehead, which can breathe air and survive on land, was caught by an angler earlier in the month.  

"Thanks to the quick report by an angler, our staff was able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this water body," Matt Thomas, chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division, said in a statement. "We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters."

The long, thin fish have been reported in 14 states and the the USDA considers them The United States Department of Agriculture considers them "injurious wildlife."

"If possible, take pictures of the fish, including close ups of its mouth, fins and tail (and) note where it was caught," Gerogia officials said.

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