Northern Snakehead 北方蛇頭 9"
- Enlarged scales on head
- Single long dorsal fin
- No bony plates on underside of head
- Pelvic fins closer to head compared to bowfin
- Anal fin almost as long as dorsal fin
- No eyespot on caudal peduncle (tail)
The snakehead has been dubbed a “frankenfish” because of its reptile-like behaviour, aggressive eating habits and mouthful of long, sharp teeth.The northern snakehead is a voracious predator that lives in lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in water temperatures ranging from 0° to 30°C. It has been reported to travel on land for short distances by wiggling its body forward.