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The Snakehead Hunters

We are a small group of volunteer South Florida Fishermen dedicated to the control and reducing the spread of the (Channa Marulius) AKA Great Snakehead, Bullseye Snakehead, and Cobra Snakehead. Who knows exactly how they were introduced to our waters but they are now established and here to stay. Due to the flood management systems here in Florida just about every lake or canal system is connected which has contributed to the snakeheads being able to spread across Broward, and Southern Palm Beach counties. We have done a great job with the Snakehead Round Up's by promoting awareness and edibility of the species and the general population seems to be under control, with some bodies of water the population has been so drastically reduced now Snakeheads are rarely caught or even seen, we would like to keep this trend going with your help.

Why be concerned?

The Bullseye Snakehead is one of the most voracious invasive species of fish Florida  or this country has ever seen, eating anything that moves, or comes close to the water's edge. They can breathe air and withstand water temperatures down to 50 degrees so mother nature will not control it's spread throughout Florida waterways, lakes, and ponds. We have found small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, crustations, other fish eggs, and all fish species found in the native ecosystem.

Now they do not walk on land but they will lunge out of the water attacking prey with lighting speed similar to an alligator or crocodile.  They spawn multiple times and year starting with the spring rains, typically ending in September but have witnessed ripe females throughout the year. Eggs hatch within 54 hours, both parents protect their brood, that can be up to 500 fry  for approximately sixty to ninety days, at which time the juvenile snakeheads are approximately six to ten inches long depending on the availability of prey to feed upon. With this fast growth rate and voracious appetite they are directly competing with all of our native species for both food and habitat. These little dragons are very capable predators devouring anything they can catch or scavenge. Adults at 34 inches usually start to bulk up grow close to four feet long with one documented kill at 44 inches in length. Once snakeheads reach this size they are now the top predator of the freshwater ecosystem, and will attack prey much larger. Having cutting teeth, able to death roll as well they can remove flesh and limbs in a similar fashion as sharks,  if the injured prey does not make it out of the water, and dies in or at the water's edge the snakeheads will return to finish devouring the carcass. This is not science fiction or our opinion these are facts backed up by what we have observed and documented in the stomach contents of thousands we have removed and examined.

 (Data gathered from USGS Circular 1251)

For more information about snakeheads please review USGS Circular 1251 it is a very informative, listing most of the Channa species.

What to do now?

Send an email to contact@thesnakeheadhunters.com to set up an appointment to have one of our volunteers survey your body of water to see what actions we can take to remove the snakeheads, and restore a natural balance to the ecosystem. We have small boats, equipped with electric noiseless motors that will not disturb residents or pollute the waters. Golf Courses, private communities, or apartment complex's that do not allow boats but can be accessed by walking the shoreline, we are ready to walk in order to protect our native fisheries.    

Thank you in advance for recognizing the importance of removing this top predator from our native ecosystem!

 The Snakehead Hunters Crew!