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American eel

Anguilla rostrata


Juvenile freshwater eel around 1ft in length. Wild caught from a nearby river, for better pictures I put it in one of my empty fish tanks. When handheld extremely slimy, uses mucous glands to get away as well as being able to survive out of water for 2 hours in a mucous cocoon. Very shy, been able to observe it during the night only.


Hiding under wood that created a small cave on the edges of the river. Saw its head out from under the wood and caught it with a net. River had low water level due to the dry season here, easier to catch it.


Small juvenile eel, most likely female.

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1 Comment

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 11 years ago

Depends on what that something is, if it's a 5cm guppy then it's deadly, if its a 10 year old boy it's harmless. They are more afraid of you and most of the times you don't even see them. The most it could do is bite you but it wouldn't draw blood, as I said they prefer on hiding and evading and if caught secret mucous to get away.

Brian Muñiz
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Brian Muñiz

Hormigueros, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Spotted on Sep 17, 2012
Submitted on Dec 12, 2012

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