Toadfish are family Batrachoididae creatures that, in a nutshell, are true to their name. These fish have massive heads that -- you might have guessed it -- look a lot like the warty amphibians they're named for. Like toads, they also croak. When toadfish croak, it generally indicates pain, fear or discomfort. Biting, unpleasantly enough, is also part of their repertory.
As far as size goes, toadfish can reach more than 22 inches in length, although many are significantly smaller. They have notably wide heads, and their tails are long and narrow -- in stark contrast to the other end of their bodies. The vast majority of toadfish are brown in coloration, generally with darker markings. They are either free of scales, or have extremely tiny and subtle ones. Roughly 80 species of these bottom-dwelling creatures exist. The sturdy fish gravitate toward warm H20 and appear in the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic oceans. Certain varieties of toadfish are occasionally used for food.
They Do Bite, Indeed
If you ever come into contact with a toadfish, it's important to be aware that they do sometimes bite. Biting generally occurs if you attempt to touch or pick up one of these guys, so take note and be extremely careful. Avoid touching them. If you experience a toadfish bite for whatever reason -- either from a pet or one roaming out in nature -- don't hesitate to get immediate medical attention. Always play it safe.
Not only are toadfish capable of biting, some varieties of them can also cause pain due to the ouch-inducing spikes that adorn the edges of their bodies. Keep your hands far away from these, too -- they are directly linked to glands that emit poison. Again, waste no time in going to the doctor if you experience any kind of harm from a toadfish, whether from a bite, spiky sensation or anything else.
Biting and Prey Animals
These meat-eating, slow-moving creatures often use biting as a means of keeping prey animals in their secure clutches. The basic diet of toadfish is made up of components such as crustaceans, mollusks and tiny fish. Their jaws are equipped with tiny chompers that are useful for making sure the prized prey animals stay put. They also possess extremely powerful jaws -- the real secret behind their intense bites.
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Toadfishes
- FishBase: Family Details for Batrachoididae
- Texas A&M University at Galveston: Texas Marine Species Information
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute: The Toadfishes
- Animal Planet: Toadfish
- Encyclopedia Britannica: Toadfish
- FishChannel.com: A Place for Predators
- The World of Animals; Martin Walters and Jinny Johnston
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