This fish can survive on land, and officials want it dead

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An invasive fish species that can live in water and on land has been found in Georgia, and officials have one main instruction if it's spotted - kill it. Gwinnett County is located in the northern part of the state, just outside of Atlanta.

News that an invasive air-breathing fish has been found in Georgia waters has prompted North Carolina officials to warn it could show up here, too, and they're offering tips to identify it. We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters'.

It may be the first time the fish has been discovered in the state though snakeheads have been reported in at least 16 states across the country.

They grow up to 3-feet in length and are able to breathe air, allowing them to survive on land. Their unusual ability to breathe air means they can survive on land for several days, enabling them to move between different bodies of water.

The snakehead is a long, thin fish that looks similar to the native bowfin.

The invasive snakehead fish can grow to nearly a metre in length and live on land.

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Anyone who catches a Northern Snakehead is urged to immediately kill it and report the finding to Wildlife officials.

The fish species can also burrow into mud, extending the time it can stay our of water.

It's also asking for photos of suspected northern snakehead and areas where they might be found. Finally, the angler should note where they found the fish in terms of Global Positioning System coordinates and forward this information to the authority. The snakehead was first confirmed in Pennsylvania in July 2004, when 2 were caught in Meadow Lake in Philadelphia.

Hunter Roop, an official with the DNR, told WSB-TV they have "boots on the ground" as they search for the fish, and are "trying to understand the magnitude of the problem".

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources have released a "how to" list in case residents stumble upon the invasive fish.

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