Grass Carp, also known as the white amur, is native to eastern Asia with a range from northern Vietnam to the Amur River on the Siberia-China border. It was introduced into Europe and the United States for aquatic weed control. Grass Carp have long, chubby, torpedo-shaped bodies that are dark olive that shade to brownish-yellow, with a white belly and large, slightly outlined scales. It grows rapidly with adults reaching 4 feet in length and weighing 40 lbs. Grass Carp live an average of 5 to 9 years. They eat up to three times their own body weight daily in freshwater vegetation.
Exhibits: Blue Hole Spring, Flint River Gallery & Spring Run Creek