Asian Swamp Eel

Monopterus albus

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description

Asian Swamp eel has a snake like body. Its body is dark green-brown on top and lighter on the belly. Average length is 3 feet.

Characteristics

Swamp eels have a scaleless, elongated body with a tapering tail and blunt snout. Their teeth appear like bristles and they have one V-shaped gill located beneath the head.

Last seen

Asian swamp eels are native to Asia, from northern India and Burma to China. They were probably introduced to North America by aquarium release, stocking as a food source, or escaped from fish farms during flooding events. Swamp eels have established populations in Florida, Georgia, and Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

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Habitat

The swamp eels preferred environment includes a wide variety of freshwater habitats: shallow wetlands, stagnant waters, marshes, streams, rivers, ditches, canals, lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. They are suspected to live in northern Miami, tampa bay, and Hawaii

Crimes Committed

Although the ecological impacts in North American waters are relatively unknown, some impacts are documented in other regions of the world where they have become established. Swamp-eel competition may displace native aquatic. Present scientists say that it is too early to predict what the impacts of the eel will be.

Suspected hideouts

The swamp eels preferred environment includes a wide variety of freshwater habitats: shallow wetlands, stagnant waters, marshes, streams, rivers, ditches, canals, lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. They are suspected to live in northern Miami, tampa bay, and Hawaii

Reward

The native fish will be able to repopulate. Health risks of eating a asian swamp eel will be eliminated.