An invasive fish has been tagged for death in Georgia.
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources The Department of Wildlife Resources confirmed that someone found a northern snake head in a pond on private property in Gwinnett County, marking the first time invasive fish has been found in the state, according to the DNR.
The department's advice on what Georgia residents should do when they find a northern snake head, which can breathe air, is simple. First, residents should not let go of the fish. Second: "Kill it immediately (remember, it can survive on land) and freeze it."
Fishermen who find a northern snake head should take pictures, note where it was caught and then report it, Georgia's DNR said in a statement.
"Our first line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species, such as the Northern Serpent, is our fisherman," said Matt Thomas, director of fisheries for the wildlife department, in a statement.
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"Thanks to the quick report from a "Our fishermen were able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this body of water. We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this body and hopefully prevent it from spreading to other Georgia waters," Thomas said.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, the northern snake head is native to eastern Asia and "preys on and competes with native species."
The northern snake can grow to "three feet in length," according to the Georgia DNR.
"They have a long dorsal fin running along their entire back and have a dark brown mottled appearance. They can breathe air and can survive in low oxygen systems," the department added.
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