How to Draw a Catfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Catfish in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Catfish.

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How to Draw a Catfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Interesting Facts about Catfish

There are more than 3,000 species of catfish. Some species live in ocean water. Most catfish live in fresh water habitats all over the world, except Antarctica. Catfish got their name because of organs that surround their mouth. These organs are called barbels, and they look like cat whiskers. They use their barbels to locate food.

Did you know?

  • Catfish do not have scales.
  • A catfish’s diet consists of amphibians such as frogs, other fish, and insects.
  • The largest species of catfish is the European catfish, which grows to be about 10 feet long.
  • The walking catfish, in Asia, got its name because it can actually “walk” on land from one body of water to another. Walking catfish use their front fins to raise themselves off the ground, and they push themselves along with their tail.

Throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe, people eat catfish. In Central Europe, people only eat catfish on special occasions, such as holidays. Catfish is one of the most popular kind of seafood in the southern United States. In 1987, the former US President, Ronald Reagan, established National Catfish Day on June 25. Catfish is a great source of vitamin D.