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brook trout

Scientific Name: Salvelinus fontinalis

Description: The brook trout is known for its impressive coloration. Its back is dark olive or brown. Its sides are much lighter and become silvery towards the front. The sides of the brook trout have many wavy lines and pale spots. The brook trout is long and narrow; it has an average length of 15 to 20 inches.

Habitat: The brook trout lives all across the eastern U.S. and Canada and has been introduced into many other parts of the world. They are pretty picky about where they live. Their habitat needs to be a clean, clear lake or stream with lots of oxygen in the water.

Food: The brook trout will eat just about anything that fits in its mouth. Its diet includes flies, worms, spiders, frogs, salamanders, smaller fish, and even the occasional small rodent.

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