Harpo's World

comic book page about the snakehead fish.
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PERSIA: NOAH! STOP! What are you doing?
NOAH: I was just going to set my goldfish free. They're getting too big for their bowl.

PERSIA: You can't release invasive species in a pond! That could be an environmental disaster!
NOAH: What are you talking about?

PERSIA: Haven't you heard about the Asian snakehead fish? Somebody released one, and it ate up all the other fish in the pond!
NOAH: My fish wouldn't do that—they're too nice.

PERSIA: Snakehead fish are cute, too, when they're little. But they have huge appetites. They eat everything in sight—frogs, fish, insects, even birds and small mammals. That's why they're nicknamed Frankenfish.
NOAH: No!

Vocabulary

  • invasive species: A plant or an animal that is not normally found in a particular habitat.

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invasive species

Activity

  1. You read some facts about fish in Lesson 2. How is the snakehead fish different from a regular fish?
    [anno: The snakehead fish can live out of water for a few days.]
  2. Why is the snakehead fish a problem?
    [anno: The snakehead fish is a problem because it eats so many other animals.]
  3. What has the government done to get rid of snakehead fish in the United States?
    [anno: In Maryland, government authorities poisoned all the fish in the ponds to make sure they killed any snakehead fish living in them.]