Neat article by Nat Geo. 1,200+ species of catfish have been discovered to be armed with venom like the stonecat, and some, as they age and grow bigger lose this venom.
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Posted 13 March 2019 - 04:13 PM
I really liked the article, and in all actuality, have always liked Nat Geo ever since I was a wee kid in the mid 70's.
Last October my daughter and I caught a stonecat madtom(in the tank now) and I grabbed it out of the seine while thinking, "this is the funniest looking bullfrog tadpole I've ever seen) since we had caught a tadpole 20 minutes earlier, and once in hand I realized what it was. Somehow, even with all of the manhandling that stonecat took, it never spined me. So I've yet to feel what it's venom is like, but I hear it's akin to being stung by a wasp. I KNOW what that feels like. Had a wasp nail me in the knuckle last year while spraying a nest.
Anyhow, I guess it's time to move the madtom to another tank. When I caught it, it was 3" long. Now it's almost 7" and just ate a 4" silver shiner whole. My darters aren't safe....
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