Three Common Lizard Fish Species And Their Geographic Areas



It is hard to resist the allure of these oversized, silver colored lizards. Often found hanging out in weed beds, near surf beaches and deep in the surf near oyster reefs the Inland Lizard Fish can make an interesting pet. But you must remember these creatures are cold blooded and not generally considered good pets for the beginning aquarist. Not only do they bite but they also can carry parasites. So, before owning any marine aquarium get to know about their temperament and lifestyle.

The most recognizable Inshore Lizard Fish is the Red Tail Reef, Black Skunk, Barracuda, Blue Skunk and the Large Clamshell. The Red Tail Reef is the largest at 18 inches but some have been smaller. The Red Tail Reef typically has red bands along its body. Its black tongue and black patches on its head to make it look like a painted on clown. Black Skunks are grayish colored; on top of the skunk’s body it has large black rings which form a black “tongue.” Barracuda is a smaller variety but has similar red coloration to the red tail reef.

The Inland lizard fish, unlike the other marine species, is classified as land-bound and has a very small and distinct body shape. Its head, body and tail are conical in shape, unlike the rounded shapes of the other species. They have a long and rounded body, short and muscular tail and are usually gray, white or blue in color.

Like most lizards, they primarily eat meat. Their diet includes snails, slugs, crayfish, crabs, shrimp, earthworms and even insects. However, they are also known to feed on plants and flowers as well. It is not uncommon for them to live in lakes, ponds, streams and even drains – all the places where water conditions are right for them to thrive.

An inshore predator that dwells mostly in the colder seasons is the Winter Rainbow Trout. Although they cannot be seen by humans, they can easily be detected due to their unique coloration: their bodies are covered with a thick ruff of hair and their anal scent is quite distinct. They are best known for their appetites – eating anything within their range, including birds, frogs and even other fish. Their inshore behavior is similar to that of the Red Tail Reef shark; it waits for an opportunity to bite when an inshore predator is nearby.

Although smaller than the trout, the Pacific White Trout is a much sought after catch. This beautiful fish can grow up to 2 feet long and is often found from February to April. Although they do not have an inshore behavior, they can still be caught from the shore using live bait. Live lure such as cut shad, crawfish or shad strips are effective ways of catching them. For those who wish to get up close to these stunning creatures, you can also try to target the heads of bait; the meat from the head will contain the most fats which make them extremely attractive to the lizard fish.

The most common of all the lizards in the rivers, streams and lakes are the foetens. These fish are often found anywhere from low to upper waters. Their name comes from the fact that these fish like to lie in the water – either under logs or rocks – in search of food. They do not have any particular place to go, however, so it becomes difficult to keep track of them. You might want to consider bringing your fishing tackle along with you whenever you go near a body of water to soften as it is easy to find them.

All three of the aforementioned fish are considered to be “Foetens” by both the scientific community and anglers. The names “arpy” and “tarpon” both refer to the upper parts of their bodies, while “duder” refers to the bottom areas. No particular area on a lake, pond or river can be classified as theirs, as they inhabit every corner of these bodies of water. In fact, some people believe that these are anadromous fish – meaning they only spawn where there is water. If you wish to know more about these fascinating and beautiful creatures, visit a local lures shop and ask the representative about the different types of lures available for use when fishing with them.