Wels Catfish Profile & Photos
- Scientific Name: Silurus glanis
- Regions of Origin: Central, Southern, and Eastern Europe, and near the Baltic and Caspian Seas
- Temperament: There are stories of large Wels Catfish attacking humans. You’d need a pond to keep one of these giants. They are predatory beasts, lurking at the bottom most of the most. They can be found in shallows, possibly breeding.
- Diet: Smaller fish, crustaceans, and other live prey including annelid worms, gastropods, insects, crustaceans, and fish including other catfishes. A large Wels Catfish will eat frogs, rodents, and aquatic birds such as ducks. I have also seen video of one eating a pigeon off the shore.
- Size: Up to 13′ long in the wild and 300 + lbs.
Above – Screen cap of various Wels Catfish from a google image search. (Click image for full size)
Below – Chernobyl caught Wels Catfish.
Images from the Chernobyl episode of River Monsters. Wels Catfish caught in the canals of Chernobyl.