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Northern pike (Esox lucius)

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Northern pike waiting motionless among underwater plants for its prey

Northern pike

Płotki Lake, Poland
Juvenile northern pike in shallow water

Juvenile northern pike

Lake Hańcza, Poland
Mature northern pike

Northern pike

Lake Piłakno, Poland

Pikes grow up to 1,5 meters lenght, but commonly found individuals rarely exceed 1 meter.

Coloration depends on environment and changes with age. Juvenile pikes have yellow stripes along light green body, later the stripes divide into light spots and the body becomes green to olive green. Belly has lighter coloration

Feeds mainly on fish, including smaller pikes, but is also known to prey on small land animals that got into water, even water birds.

Photo map Northern pike

Places where photos of Northern pike were taken