The snakehead murrel. Generally bought live. It can grow up to a meter in length (Over 3 ft). It is an important food fish in its native range and is of considerable economic importance. Adults are dark brown in colour with faint black bands visible across its entire body. Males and female both help to construct a nest out of water vegetation during breeding time. Eggs are guarded by both parents. Fry are orangish red and guarded by both parents until they turned greenish brown at around 5-6 cm. It is common in freshwater plains, where it migrates from rivers and lakes into flooded fields, returning to the permanent water bodies in the dry season, where it survives by burrowing in the mud.