Officials have indicted a Brooklyn importer on charges of illegally importing the scary-looking "snakehead" fish, which is a freshwater fish native to China and Korea. It's a delicacy in those cultures, but it's also an invasive species that kills indigenous fish populations in North America. Snakeheads are air-breathers and can travel short distances over land, writhing their body and fins until they reach a suitable aquatic habitat. They have even been known to devour ducks and other mammals. Why, there's one slithering up your leg right now!

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and investigators with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service have accused Yong Hao Wu, a co-owner of Howei Trading in Brooklyn, with importing thousands of snakeheads into the U.S. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. According to prosecutors, investigators became suspicious last year when an inspector with the state Department of Environmental Conservation was looking over a shipment of fish imported from Macau by Howei Trading Inc., which had declared the fish as the Chinese black sleeper. But they were snakeheads. And they were hungry.

During subsequent interrogation, Wu allegedly confessed to shipping 3,889 Chinese black sleeper fish on six prior shipments last year as well. This kind of thing has been illegal in New York State since 2004, but despite that, in 2005, a "voracious" snakehead fish was found in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park's Meadow Lake. Apparently some people purchase them at pets but later release them into New York waterways, presumably after one of these suckers chomps off a finger.