Endangered Species Project

By: Kelsey Hafner

Alligator Gar

The Alligator Gar is a long, sleek fish with big sharp teeth that sneaks through underwater vegetation to catch unsuspecting prey whilst moving in a snakelike fashion. It is indigenous to southern parts of the United States and various parts of Mexico. They live in fresh and saltwater rivers and lakes, but they can also be found in marshes. Alligator Gar can be very hard to catch, but are considered a delicacy akin to alligators. Unfortunately for the Alligator Gar, flood control measures such as dams and dikes have dramatically altered their riverine ecosystems and have largely eliminated their preferred spawning habits. However the Alligator Gar is being helped in long-term restoration by United States

Fish and Wildlife Services as of 2009.

Sources: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/alligator-gar/