Pennsylvania fishermen find terrifying ‘frankenfish’ snakehead in a creek

Most recently, a northern snakehead was found in Little Britain Township, Pennsylvania.

(U. S. Geological Survey Archive, U.s. Geological Survey)

Attention, anglers in Pennsylvania: A northern snakehead, also known as “frankenfish,” was recently found in the Octoraro Creek in Little Britain Township.

A frankenfish is an aggressive species that mostly eat other fish, according to FOX43. In fact, if northern snakeheads become adults, they are ‘ voracious predators, feeding on other fish, crustaceans, frogs, small reptiles, and sometimes birds and small mammals,” according to the u.s. Geological Survey.

“Should snakeheads become established in North American ecosystems, their predatory behavior could drastically disrupt food webs and ecological conditions, thus forever changing native aquatic systems by modifying the array of native species,” the agency warned.

Northern snakehead fish have teeth and are aggressive fish.

(U. S. Geological Survey Archive, U.s. Geological Survey)

An expert with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Bureau of Fisheries expressed concern about the arrival of the frankenfish in Lancaster County.

“She is an aggressive predator,” the director of the Bureau of Fisheries, Andy Shields, told the news station. He added that frankenfish, which are native in parts of Asia and Africa, but were imported legally until 2004, according to the National Geographic, “are known to guard their young and so a fish who guards the young usually has a high rate of successful reproduction.”

A northern snakehead is also known as a “frankenfish.”

(U. S. Geological Survey Archive, U.s. Geological Survey)

“We don’t actually know what their influence or impact in Pennsylvania other than we have places where we haven’t and people catch them,” Shields continued.

Many countries have laws that forbid fishermen from keeping of live snakeheads, according to National Geographic.

The state Fish & Boat commission is asking fishermen who think they caught frankenfish to report it.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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