Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
The Striped Snakehead or Channa striata,is also commonly called the Snakehead, Chevron Snakehead, and the Snakehead Murrel, is a native to South and Southeast Asia; also, introduced to some Pacific islands as well.
This fish as a voracious eater can grow to a meter in length and because of fishing, this size is rarely found. This can be found in the south of China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and nost od the Southeast Asia. Introduced in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mauritius. Well, this resilient fish is an invading species; so, other countries that introduced this fish or have escaped from their aquariums, suffered massive damages on their fisheries.
This fish has a huge mouth and can eat just about anything that moves in and on the water. I have been fishing on lakes and rivers in Thailand and I have caught a massive Snakehead and I thought it was already big, it was just actually small for the full size of this beast. I have broken several lines and destroyed lures just catching this fish and it is a special catch, a prize catch.
The one that I have here is guarding her fry aggressively. There were other fishes around since it was swamp area and the constant threat to the fry was giving her a lot of guarding to do. So the strategy of the mother Snakehead was to lead the fry to a shallow area where there is vegetation and then guard few inches away for big predators that are hungry enough to gamble a fight or literally eaten by the mother Snakehead.
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand