RE: NANFA-- exotic catfish in Florida

Mark B (
Wed, 8 Dec 1999 10:13:23 -0500

At 11:28 AM -0800 12/7/99, Jay DeLong wrote:
>And what's that exotic catfish in Florida that leaves water and wriggles
>across land between bodies of water? I heard they've given cars flat tires,
>and I'll just bet someone stepped on one and impaled their foot at one time
>or another.

Clarias, the walking catfish. I got some neat looking, black and white
mottled ones at a Petland here. Later I learned that there is some kind of
federal restrictions on possessing or transporting them. While I had them,
I learned that they're one of the cats that have surgically sharp pectoral
spines. Just brushing against them will pierce your skin before you can
even feel it. I have had the same experience with Noturus insignis
(remember that one, Mike T?) and juvenile Ameiurus nebulosus.

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA <))><

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