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Charles County holds contest to rename snakehead

Caleb Newton, who lives in Spotsylvania County, Va., holds open Monday June 3, 2013, the mouth of the 17 pound 6 ounce northern snakehead fish that he caught in Aquia Creek in Virginia. He has filed paperwork with the International Game Fish Association to have the fish registered as a world-record catch. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Griffin Moores)

WASHINGTON – Names can mean a lot. The commissioners of Charles County think so, so they’re holding a contest to give a species of fish an image upgrade.

The snakehead comes from Asia, but it’s been in the area for a few years. It’s a tough-looking customer, eating anything that swims its way.

Those in the know say they’re tasty, but who’s going to order a snakehead for dinner? Not many. National Geographic has already called the snakehead “fishzilla,” but that’s not much better.

That’s what the commissioners want to fix. They’re holding a contest to rename the snakehead, and you can enter here. Take your best shot – only one entry per person.

The winning name will be sent to the Department of Natural Resources in the hope that the state will consider changing the fish’s name.

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