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Water flea

Water flea

European perch

European perch

Alpine bullhead

Alpine bullhead

Three-spined stickleback

Three-spined stickleback

Swan mussel

Swan mussel

Goldfish

Goldfish

Oriental carp

Oriental carp

Belica

Belica

European crayfish

European crayfish

Bitterling

Bitterling

Gudgeon

Gudgeon

Pike Fry

Pike Fry

Facts

LatinEsox lucius
Size150 cm
FoodFish
HabitatLakes, ponds and large rivers. Also found in brackish water along coastlines
IUCN

Least concern

LocationNorthern Hemisphere, though not the Arctic region
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Ferocious jaws

The northern pike has a broad head and a large mouth. Its teeth are needle-sharp. They point backward and there are several rows of teeth located on its tongue and palate. The body is long. The dorsal fin and anal fin are positioned right on top of one another, far back on the body. Typically, the northern pike is green with yellow markings.

A wide-ranging menu

The northern pike eats European perch, roach, frogs, ducklings and water rats. It also doesn't shy away from feeding on smaller fish of its own species.

On the hunt

The northern pike lies in ambush when hunting its prey. It lurks patiently in hiding between aquatic plants or slowly patrols the area. The northern pike attacks by lunging at its prey.

Greedy

If the northern pike bites into prey that is too large, it cannot spit it out because its teeth point backward. It is possible to see a northern pike with prey hanging halfway out of its mouth.

Catch a northern pike

If you want to catch a northern pike, you'll need bait/bait-fish. This is how the very large northern pike are caught. If you succeed – just remember that the northern pike's teeth are as sharp as glass shards, so watch your fingers.


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