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Northern Snakehead (Mature)
Northern snakehead are identified by a long dorsal (back) fin and anal fin, a rounded tail, and a large mouth reaching beyond the eye with many, sharp teeth. The young are generally lighter tan or yellowish in color.
Northern Snakehead (Juvenile)
Bowfin, a native species, is sometimes mistaken for snakeheads but has a short anal fin (arrow). Please return bowfin to the water.
Flathead catfish are most easily recognized by their broad, flat head, brown mottled coloration and lower jaw which sticks out further than the upper.
The invasive blue catfish (on top), and a channel catfish (lower) can be differentiated by spreading out the anal fin and looking for a straight or lobed appearance.