- Distinguishing characteristics: Things like their rounded tails, greenish-yellowish-blackish body, and white bellies give American eel’s distinct looks.
In the Wild
- Habitat: American eels are usually founded in rivers, bays and are also located in many more freshwater locations.
- Diet: An American eel’s prey includes worms, small fish and crustaceans.
- Predators: The only predators of the eels are fish eating birds and other large fish.
- Size: Males can grow up to 2 feet long; females can grow 3-5 feet long.
- Breeding: Eels are catadromous so they spawn in saltwater. They spawn in January.
- Life Span: Eels can live 15-20 years old sometimes it depends.
In the Aquatics Lab
- Diet: We feed this creature squid so he can be satisfied.
- Size: The American eel in the aquatics lab is about 12 inches.
- Quantity: We only have one eel in the aquatics lab.
- Virginia Regulations: In VA, the legal catching size is 9 inches and you can only have 25 eels per person.
- Commercial Uses: Yes they are used for commercial uses, often as bait for fishermen.