Wels Catfish / Silurus glanis – Profile & Photos

 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.

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