Snakeheads belong to the Channidae family. They are distributed in southern Asia and tropical Africa. They are distinguished by their elongated body, long dorsal and anal fin bases, and protruding lower jaw.
Snakeheads are freshwater fish with some species entering brackish water. They are known for their ferocious feeding behaviour taking on fishes, frogs, birds, insects, and even small mammals.
There are 2 genera and about 38 species worldwide. Malaysia has about 9 species.