|Created via:||Radioactive mutation|
A near casuality of the Great War, the Brook Trout was rapidly mutated by the radioactive runoff that filled its habitats, giving rise to Squirmers.
Often called Grayfish due to their ashen color, Squirmers are small, rarely growing beyond fifteen inches long. They have considerably weaker vision than their precursor, due to the pollution of their habitats. Their most noticable feature however, and the one that gives rise to their name, is their relative low number of vertabrae, allowing them to slip and bend through the often debris-filled streams and lakes.
Squirmers fill their day with swimming around their polluted homes, navigating the murky waters with relative ease. When threatened, they will attempt to flee as they are almost always too small to effectively fight back.
Squirmers feed primarily on smaller aquatic creatures and terrestrial insects, but like many creatures in the wasteland they have been known to eat a variety of things. The most commonly observed is small mammals such as rats and mice, in addition to scraps of other meats.
Squirmers are fast nimble fish, capable of traversing a large area relatively fast. In addition, their low-light vision makes them well suited for night feeding, often catching their prey unaware.
The soft, squishy body of the Squirmer is it's primary defense, often able to flop out of the hands or mouths of predators. Even if they are caught however the radiation stored in their meat is fatal to most creatures, requiring proper cooking or a resistance to consume. They also posses spiny fins, but these rarely make the difference.
Like their precursor, Squirmers live in streams and lakes across what remains of North America. The radiation of these places is often noticible, though they are able to survive in clean freshwater as well. Both types of habitat are inevitable filled with debris and remains of the old-world however, making their speed a great asset.