Specifically elk river
Cottus carolinae - the banded sculpin
You're awesome i googled for a long time and didnt get results. I thought it looked like a really neat fish. I was trying to net some minnows with my daughter and we saw this fish. Thanks for identifying it for us. He was happy to get back to the current.
Can this fish at all be kept as a pet?
I wanted to take it home lol. My neighbor caught a baby bass a few years ago and they raised him until he was too big for a 55 gallon.
But i let him go after i took pics, i pet him a little, was very weird feeling. Sort of like a frog. He wasn't easy to catch! Very quick. I tried to feed it minnows but they eat insects and larvae.
I've heard they can be in aquariums. They are almost completely camouflaged except for their banded tails. So if you ever hunt for one, food luck!! We found it in shallow water in a group of minnows, it was not easy to net because it was quick and once it moved you had to find it all over again.
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