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alligator gar The Alligator Gar is a very strange creature.  It has the body of a fish and the head of an alligator.  It is a giant monster and can grow to 300 pounds in weight and up to ten feet in length.  Alligator Gars are only found in the south eastern states of the USA.  They live in fresh water lakes and rivers and prey on other fish, water fowl and occasionally turtles as well.  These gargantuan behemoths lurk in the shallows awaiting unsuspecting prey and ferociously devouring anything edible that comes within striking distance.  They can live for up to 50 years terrorising the inhabitants of the waterways.

The Alligator Gar is often mistaken for an alligator because of it's head and the fact that it lurks near the surface of the water.  However there are no recorded attacks on humans.  Because it tends to lurk near the surface waiting for opportunistic prey such as other fish or even water fowl the Alligator Gar proves an irresistible target for bow fishing (that is shooting it with a bow) and gigging (using a multi pronged spear).  The Alligator Gar is becoming threatened and so laws were passed in the USA in 2009 limiting the number of fish a person can kill to one per year.

It is a bit strange that such a frightening looking fish has never attacked a human and yet humans attack and kill it in large numbers primarily for sport.  But at least the Alligator Gar's eggs, which are bright red, are extremely poisonous to humans.

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