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Water Bug? January? In Michigan????
I went to one of our pet stores to get a couple of fish. I saw in the tank a wierd looking but that looked like a walking stick in the water, I know nothing so I didn’t even know what to say. All I said was, "Can I have that thing?" They had no idea what it was and they told me to go ahead and take it. What is this thing?
Melissa

Hi Melissa,
This is a Water Scorpion in the genus Ranatra. You don’t want to keep it with your fish as it is a predator that might eat them.

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