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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Snakeheads in Central Park

Snakehead Invasion

The Snakehead is invasive and dangerous to our fish populations in an ever expanding area of the US. Hard to stop and aggressive as a fish can be. They are being found in more areas all the time and have the potential to wipe out entire fish populations.

Their ability to breath air and slither snake like on dry land is a reason for concern, allowing the to traverse between bodies of water.The following is a quote from

Snakeheads can become invasive species and cause ecological damage because they are top-level predators, meaning they have no natural enemies outside of their native environment. Not only can they breathe atmospheric air, but they can also survive on land for up to four days, provided they are wet, and are known to migrate up to 1/4 mile on wet land to other bodies of water by wriggling with their body and fins. National Geographic has referred to snakeheads as "Fishzilla"[5] and the National Geographic Channel reported the "northern snakehead reaches sexual maturity by age two or three. Each spawning-age female can release up to 15,000 eggs at once. Snakeheads can mate as often as five times a year. This means in just two years, a single female can release up to 150,000 eggs."[5]Since 2002, it has been illegal to possess a live snakehead in many US states, where they are considered a destructive invasive species.[6]
Indeed the world becomes smaller all the time as we can see from invasions such as the snake head and other fish that have been introduced in our country recently.

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