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Snakeheads: Channoidei

Physical Characteristics, Behavior And Reproduction, Snakeheads And People, Striped Snakehead (channa Striata): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, CONSERVATION STATUS


Snakeheads are native to Asia and Africa and have been introduced in the United States, Russia, and the islands of the South Pacific.

Most snakeheads live in still or slow-running waters, usually hiding under plants, rocks, and sunken trees. Some large species live in large rivers, swamps, ponds, and reservoirs. Most small species live in mountain streams. Many snakeheads can live in polluted water.

Adult snakeheads eat almost any animal smaller than their mouths, such as insects, fishes, frogs, tadpoles, lizards, geckos, mice, rats, and ducks.

Snakeheads are not threatened or endangered.

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