Species group: Garfish
Other common names: Gator Gar
Scientific name: Atractosteus spatula
The Alligator Gar is one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world, and is native to sluggish backwaters of large rivers, swamps and lakes from southern Ohio and Illinois south to Veracruz, Mexico.
The Alligator Gar is a olive-brown color on top, and a yellow-white below. It is notable for its great adult length (up to 10 feet), and for its broad, short snout.
The Alligator Gar is a voracious ambush predator, and feeds on smaller fish and crustaceans.
Younger Alligator Gar are sometimes kept in home aquariums, though captive specimens longer than 24 inches are rare. Adult Alligator Gar are only found in large, public aquariums, given their enormous adult size of up to 8 feet in length and lifespan of up to 50 years.
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