NJ pond infested with Asian swamp eels

September 24, 2008 5:59:24 AM PDT
Another unwelcome foreign animal species is causing trouble in New Jersey. State fish and wildlife officials have found hundreds of Asian swamp eels slithering and breeding around Silver Lake in Gibbsboro.

Four states now have the eels, which can gobble up all kinds of aquatic life.

No one has figured out how to kill off the creatures.

The eels are highly adaptable. They can change sex. They can burrow in mud and survive for weeks without food. They can also crawl over land to other bodies of water.

Officials believe someone may have had the eels as exotic pets and dumped them in the waterway.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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