Wallago Catfish

Wallago Attu

About This Animal

SIZE: They can grow up to 8 feet

RANGE: South and Southeast Asia, including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam

HABITAT: Inhabits grassy margins of deep, still or slow-flowing ponds or pools with a mud or silt substrate near the banks of rivers

DIET: Their diet in the wild consists of smaller fish, crustaceans, and mollusks

ON EXHIBIT: River Giants exhibit in River Journey

Also known as Freshwater Shark or Helicopter Catfish, Walalgo have the face of a bullhead and an eel-like body. Their mouth is filled with sharp teeth that point backwards so anything entering the mouth will never leave it.  Bites strongly if handled, with its huge mouth, formidable jaws, and band of conical teeth. 

Threatened due to over harvesting. In Malaysia they are bred commercially in fish farms for food.