Does a walking catfish exist?

Does a walking catfish exist?

Yes, there is a walking catfish. This catfish does not walk per say, they slither on land as a snake would. The walking catfish lives in ponds and shallow waters. When the ponds and shallow waters are gone or dried up, the walking catfish can slither its way across land to another water source. They do this with there legs, which are the pectoral fins. The fish can breathe out of water because of the breathing organs within the arches of the gills. You can now find the walking catfish in Florida. Before its introduction into the United States, it was common in Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India. It made be hard to find a walking catfish, because they can bury themselves under mud and remain dormant when water is not found. The catfish eats other fish and invertebrates. The fish is quite unusual and mystifying. If you would see a walking fish, you could take it home, place it in a pond, and keep it alive. The only problem might be that it could get up and slither away. There have been some walking catfish in captivated so to speck. They are placed in private ponds. As long as the ponds stay filled with water, the catfish does say in one place. This is not a fish to eat because of its unique characteristics. It is a fish that is more for show than it is for eating. If you see one, you will enjoy seeing it slither across the land.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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