The snakehead fish are members of the fresh water vermiform fish family Channidae, native to parts of Africa and Asia. Their head looks as snake’s head so, that;s why they called as snakeheads. Such kind of fish have sharp teeth just like a shark has. It can survive on land about 3 or 4 days without water. It has smooth skin just like a snake. It eats small fish such as jelly fish. A female snake fish can lay 300 eggs at once. Its population is growing faster in rivers and lakes. So it is controlling in many countries.
Characteristics Of Snakefish
Snake fish has many different characteristics which makes it superior than other fish. It has lungs addition to gills just like a turtle.Because of that it can breathe in air as long as in the water. Its lungs help it to breathe in air. Its eyes can move in front of his head similar as snakes have. That is similar character in snakes and snakeheads. That is in native specie which travels from one water place to another for reproduction purpose. Snake fish may be a size of 1 meter. Giant snake fish is a big problem in Northern Africa. It is round about 3 meters 4 Inches in size. It is the biggest size of snakehead fish. Because of that it is called giant snake fish.
Kinds of Snake Fish
Snake fish has many kinds because of its size, shape and color. So we shall discuss here 5 kinds of snakeheads.
1. Dwarf Snakeheads
Dwarf snakeheads are tiny in size and looks like a jelly fish. Dwarf snakeheads eat small insects in water. This kind of snake fish could not survive on the land. It may be of red, white or colorless depends upon their hebitate. It does not transport anywhere for reproduction purpose.
2. Channa Marulius Snakeheads
These are large species of snakeheads. These kind of species live in South Africa. These snakeheads eat small fish and plankton. It is a size of 1.3m or more. It is also known as Giant Snakeheads. That may be of blue-black or grey color.
3. Channa Asiatica Snakeheads
These are medium in size and live in Taiwan and southern Japan where those migrated. These are the kind of nest builder snakeheads so, They build cylindrical shaped nests where female lays eggs. A female can lay 1500 eggs in a year.
4. Channa Striata Snakeheads
These are another kind of snake fish which have strips on its skin. These are also known as common snakehead. These are live in southern East Asia, China and Pakistan. It eats frogs, bugs and small fish. These are small size snakehead.
5. Barca Snakeheads
That is a rare snakehead fish. So, It lives near the bank of Bangladesh and India.These are small kind of snake fish. These are as small as a normal fish so, they eat small insects.
Cooking of Snakeheads
Snakeheads use in many dishes. People like to eat snakeheads fish. Some people catch snakeheads illegally to cook and eat. People like the good taste of snakehead and cook many kind of dishes. There are names of some dishes below:
I. Snakehead Vs Tilapia
II. Snakehead Vs Flounder
III. Snakehead Vs Cod
Is Snakehead Fish Dangerous To Men?
Some people said that snake fish is dangerous to men so they attack on fishermen. As the matter of fact these kinds of snake fish are also known as frankenfish. They attack on men while protecting their eggs. That is because of a person it gets close to their eggs, then they attack on him. Some kinds of snakehead fish are aggressive and did not like human. So it is necessary to keep away from a snakehead without knowing its kind. Otherwise they will become aggressive and will bite you.
Illegal Smuggling of Snakehead Fish
It is illegal to catch, eat or smuggle snake fish in many countries but some people smuggle and sold it illegally. They smuggle more fish as they can. So government should punish those people. If we do not pay attention to this kind of fish then it would become endangered in the world. Some kinds of snakeheads are already endangered. That’s why governments of many countries are taking some steps and making some big projects for the protection of such kind of creation.
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