As published in Northwest Pet Magazine, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene's Ultimate Guide for Pet Lovers
Origin: Native to sub-tropical and tropical regions from southern Japan to the east coast of Australia.
Life Span: With over 15 different species (most common being Pterois Volitans), life span is difficult to predict but averages up to 15 years in the wild.
Size: 11-15 inches depending on species
Habits: Mostly solitary and not very active swimmers, lionfish often attack their meal in one swift motion. Make sure to handle carefully since the dorsal spines are venomous and can feel like a strong bee sting. Some people may be allergic to the venom so always take precautions.
Feeding: Food may be flaked, dried, frozen or live. Avoid feeding only one type of food exclusively since it would not be nutritionally complete. Lionfish feed most actively from 7:00-11:00 A.M., with decreased feeding throughout the afternoon.
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