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Alligator Gar

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Species group:

Other common names: Gator Gar

Scientific name: Atractosteus spatula

The basics:
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.

Appearance:
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.

Size:
0-100 inches

Temperament:
The Alligator Gar is a voracious ambush predator, and feeds on smaller fish and crustaceans.

Housing:
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.

Temperature:
0.00-0.00 °F

pH:
6.00-8.00

wonderful

amazing Alligator Gar, personalities, exhibit, fearsome looks

challenging

aggressive fish, razor sharp teeth, sturdy glass lid, 50lb gar, nasty bites, LARGE aquariumtank

interesting

avid fisherman, wild game fish, river monsters, heavy action rod

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