The Northern Snakehead Is Invading North Carolina And Here’s What You Need To Know

It’s been six months since North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina alerted residents in October 2019 of a bizarre, invasive (and predatory) fish with the ability to survive for days on land. South Carolina’s warning came with a plea for those who’ve seen the invasive Northern Snakehead to ‘kill immediately.’ But what do we actually know about the Northern Snakehead and more importantly, what does it mean for North Carolina?

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While no Northern Snakehead reports from fishing enthusiasts around the state have been publicized this year, the possibility of this predator already existing in (or sneaking into) local ponds and lakes still exists. It will likely always exist. If you find one, wildlife and game officials in the Tar Heel State suggest you kill it and then freeze it, or, you can simply freeze it and that will kill it. Then, report your catch to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (919)707-0220.

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