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Yellow Bullhead

yellow bullhead(Ameiurus natalis)

How do you identify a yellow bullhead?
Three species of bullheads live in Minnesota: yellow, brown, and black. The yellow bullhead is differentiated from the black and brown bullheads by their yellowish brown bodies. Unlike the other two species, yellow bullheads have pale barbels and lighter colored undersides.

What family of fish does the yellow bullhead belong to?
Yellow bullheads are members of the catfish family.

How big can a yellow bullhead get?
Bullheads rarely reach more than 2 pounds in weight. The record yellow bullhead caught in Minnesota weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces.

What do yellow bullhead eat?
Yellow bullheads will eat almost anything. They usually feed on insects, snails, minnows and clams.

Where do yellow bullhead live?
Yellow bullheads usually live in warm, murky lakes and streams.

Do yellow bullhead care for their young?
Yes. Female bullheads will lay 300 to 700 eggs in a hole or burrow that she has scooped out in the bottom of a lake. Male bullheads care for the eggs, and after they hatch both parents will guard them.

How long can a yellow bullhead live?
A yellow bullhead can live to be up to seven years old.

How do yellow bullheads use their barbels?
Because bullheads are usually more active at night, they will use their barbels and sense of smell to search for food along the bottom of the lake or stream where they live. The taste buds of a bullhead are located in their barbels.

Can you eat yellow bullheads?
Yes, you can eat yellow bullheads, though some people are nervous to handle the fish because of their spiny fins.

What animals are predators of yellow bullheads?
Walleye and northern pike are common predators of bullheads that are less than four inches long.

What are some other names for the yellow bullhead?
Yellow bullheads are also known as mudcats, polliwogs, and chucklehead cats.

The information above is common scientific knowledge. For a list of specific resources, visit the Animal FAQ Resources page.

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