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Walking Catfish  

Walking Catfish are a species of freshwater fish that is native to Southeast Asia. They like to move from one body of water to another in search of food or a better space to live. They have elongated bodies that are covered in slippery mucus instead of scales. This mucus protects their body when they are out of the water. Their scientific name is Clarias batrachus. They can grow to about 20 inches. They have sharp pectoral spines and four pair of barbels that help them to find food. These creatures prefer shallow and highly vegetated water bodies.

Quick Facts: –

  • A Walking Catfish can stay out of the water for up to 30 hours. It makes them easy to catch.
  • They do not have legs. They use their fins to move themselves forward.
  • They have small and bristle like teeth that occur in patches on the jaw and the palate.
  • All Walking Catfish have a special gill structure that allows them to breathe atmospheric air.
  • They are sensitive to cold temperatures. During cold and dry months they burrow into the sides of streams and ponds.
  • These voracious and opportunistic feeders are mainly active at night. They feed upon a wide variety of prey including smaller fishes and eggs and larvae of other fishes.
  • The wild Walking Catfish carry the disease enteric septicaemia (EDC). They can infect farmed catfish as well.
  • If you try to catch hold of them they will sting you and it can be very painful.
  • This fish species was introduced to Florida by humans in the 1960s, probably due to escapes from aquaculture facilities.

 

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