Also called the alligator gar, the gator gar is a slender freshwater fish native to North and Central America. It is named for its wide, tooth-filled, alligator-like snout.
Reaching up to 10 feet long and 300 pounds, Atractosteus spatulais is the largest of the gar species and a popular target among anglers. The giants prefer large, slow-moving rivers with shallow waters that provide hatchlings protection from predators. An opportunistic feeder, the alligator gar dines on a variety of large and small fish and is even known to attack waterfowl and turtles. According to National Geographic, over-fishing in many parts of its range has led to protection by law.