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Asian Swamp Eels FAQs - 14 Found

When were Asian swamp eels first found in the United States?

Swamp eels were first introduced to the United States in Hawaii around 1900. They were first identified as in the continental United States in 1994 based on specimens collected in ponds at the Chattahoochee Nature Center north of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1997, several populations were found for the first time in Florida. The locations include canals in the northern Miami area, a canal system close to Homestead near Everglades National Park, and a small drainage near southern Tampa Bay. The first swamp eels were found in the extreme southeast corner of Everglades National Park in 2007. More research needs to be done to determine if they are elsewhere in the Park. The only other population in the US was discovered in a small lake in New Jersey in 2008.


 


 

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