Great Snakehead Fish – Freshwater Fish in Thailand

Common name: Cobra Snakehead, Great Snakehead, Bulls Eye Snakehead. Species: Channa marulius. Thai Name: Pla Tjon Gnoo How.


Great Snakehead Fish (Channa marulius) are native to the most of Southeast Asia. But have been released in many other areas, where they have adapted with great success, including different states in US


The Great Snakehead has dark eyes, a dipped snake like head with jutting bottom jaw and is brown/gold-tinted to pale gray to dark brown with large black blotches. It has a distinctive marking which is the black spot, rimmed with orange near the base of the tail fin. Also known as an eye spot or ocellus. It is are members of the freshwater perciform fish family Channidae. Which consists of about 35 species.



Great Snakehead (Channa marulius) has become one of the most studied of the snakehead family. Mainly because it has been found inhabiting canals in Florida. Where it is considered vermin because it is not a native fish species; there has been done extensive research on this species, mating habits unlike the Giant snakehead and others species of this family, where their activity in natural habitat has been rarely studied with much accuracy. The Great Snakehead grows fast after hatching and have no natural enemies, by eating insects and small water critters. As they get bigger they tend to hide in cover and eat – anything that moves; including fish, frogs, snakes, crustaceans and even birds and also rodents. It is a species that like to ambush its prey; they do not necessarily chase it.


Great Snakhead can spawn more than one time a year

They are very prolific and produce a lot of young which have a good survival rate, so in a body of water they can become very common very quickly. Snakehead reproduces by laying eggs in a nest they build in vegetation in shallow water. Females may produce 100 to 1000 young each time they spawn and sometimes they spawn more than one time a year. The world record for this species is 4, 4 Kg and caught in Thailand in 2006. It is the biggest of the snakehead species and can grow to more than 60 pounds but none that big have been caught on rod and reel. Great Snakehead can be caught on many ways, by bait fishing with live fish or frogs. The Male is territorial so sight fishing with spinners, surface lures or minnows is all common fishing


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