In some places, yes, but under several constraints. Specifically, importation of live snakeheads and their interstate transport is prohibited. Many states prohibit possession of snakeheads, and several of those states have done so for decades.
Most snakeheads will avoid contact with humans. In captivity, many will actually act shy around people. However, when guarding their eggs or young, they can become aggressive if approached.
Dead snakeheads--on ice or frozen--can be imported for food purposes to any state except those where importation or possession of dead snakeheads is illegal.
Prior to being added to the list of injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in October 2002, which banned import and interstate transport without a permit from the U.S.
A mature northern snakehead female can carry as many as 50,000 eggs, although some will not develop and others will be eaten by insects and small fishes following fertilization.
Snakeheads are airbreathing freshwater fishes that are not native to North America. In scientific terms, snakeheads are divided into two distinct genera:* Channa (snakeheads of Asia, Malaysia, and Indonesia); and
During all life stages, snakeheads compete with native species for food and habitat.
• Do not release the fish or throw it up on the bank (it could wriggle back into the water). Remember, this fish is an airbreather and can live a long time out of water.
Snakeheads are freshwater fishes with little, if any, tolerance for saltwater. Within their native and introduced ranges, they live in small and large streams, canals, rivers, ponds, reservoirs, and lakes.
Two agencies within the Department of the Interior (DOI) are responsible for researching and regulating snakeheads: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).