What do Eels eat?
Small eels eat insects, worms and water snails. As they get bigger they eat fish and meat, like small birds of ducklings.
Eels have a well-developed sense of smell and hunt via their nose rather than sight. Their tube nostrils protrude above their upper lip and allow them to detect food sources from long distances.
They have a wide mouth with rows of small sharp teeth which point backwards, helping them grip their food and ensuring it doesn’t get away!
Did you know there are three types of Eel found in New Zealand?
Endemic to New Zealand, mainly found in rivers and lakes
Lives in Australia, New Zealand and some Pacific Islands
An occasional visitor, sneaking over from Australia