136651 Pike Esox lucius Length 30-120cm
A consummate predator. It catches invertebrates when small but large Pike eat other fish and even young water birds. Adult has marbled green and brown markings that afford it good camouflage among water plants. Its streamlined shape and broad tail allow lightning attacks to be carried out, prey being engulfed in the huge mouth and retained by sharp teeth. The Pike is common in weedy lowland lakes, flooded gravel pits and rivers.