text and art by Sylvia Spain
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.
- 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.]
- Why is the snakehead fish a problem?
[anno: The snakehead fish is a problem because it eats so many other animals.]
- 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.]