Alligator Gar

Lepisosteus spatula

Although few alligator gars approach the record size of 10 feet and 300 pounds, they are still among the largest freshwater fish in North America.  Gars can live in water that is too low in oxygen for many fish, by gulping air at the surface into their lung-like swim bladders.

Fact File

lengthLength: Up to 10 ft
weightWeight: Up to 300 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 25 to 50 yrs
habitatHabitat: Rivers, lakes and other bodies of fresh and brackish water
dietDiet: Fish and other small animals