Invasive species confirmed: Northern snakehead seen in Georgia
For the first time, Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials confirmed that a northern snakehead, an aquatic invasive species, has been found in the state.
According to Georgia DNR, an angler reported catching two juvenile northern snakeheads in a pond on a private Gwinnett County property in early October. That's the first documented occurrence of snakeheads in the wild in Georgia, DNR said.
The fish are often introduced through unauthorized release, according to DNR. They can impact native species by competing for food and habitat.
"As adults, snakeheads can be voracious predators. Should snakeheads become established in North American ecosystems, their predatory behavior could also drastically disrupt food webs and ecological conditions, thus forever changing native aquatic systems by modifying the array of native species," the United States Geological Survey writes on its website.
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