SPECIE NAME:Atractosteus spatula
COMMON NAME OF THE SPECIE:
Found in North America
The alligator gar inhabits large, slow moving rivers, reservoirs, oxbow lakes, bayous and bays, in fresh and brackish water. Young may be seen at the surface in debris such as leaves and twigs. Alligator gar prefer large rivers .
UPTO 300 CM
UPTO 160 KG
The alligator gars' diet consists primarily of fish. However, brackish water populations of alligator gar are known to feed heavily on blue crabs in addition to fish such as the hardhead catfish. This gar is also known to prey on waterfowl and other birds, small mammals
Due to its large size and sharp teeth, the alligator gar is capable of delivering a serious bite wound to fisherman or swimmers. However, there is no documentation of attacks on man by alligator gars. The eggs are poisonous, causing illness if consumed by humans.