Longnose Gar

Lepisosteus osseus

As its name implies, the longnose gar sports a long, narrow snout armed with many sharp teeth for catching smaller fish.  To keep itself from becoming prey, the gar is protected by hard, diamond-shaped scales.  Another remarkable feature is the gar’s ability to breathe air when the aquatic oxygen supply is low. 

Fact File

lengthLength: 24-72 inches
weightWeight: 1.1-7.7 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 17-20 years
habitatHabitat: rivers, lakes, reserviors and estuaries
dietDiet: small fish