- Of the seven known gar species, the alligator is the largest.
- This ancient fish has existed for 100 million years.
- Unlike most of its close relatives, the alligator gar can breathe air and survive above water for up to two hours.
- It gets its name from its alligator-like snout and its double row of dagger sharp teeth.
- Their eggs are poisonous to humans.
Flood control measures have altered their spawning habitats, resulting in population declines. They have also been frequently overhunted.