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Apalachicola snapping turtle

Apalachicola snapping turtle

Alligator gar

Alligator gar

Denison barb

Denison barb

Silver flying fox

Silver flying fox

Rainbow shiner

Rainbow shiner

Dwarf Chain Loach

Dwarf Chain Loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Bluefin killifish

Bluefin killifish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Alligator gar

Alligator gar

Facts

LatinAtractosteus spatula
Size305 cm
FoodBirds, tortoise, crabs and small mammals
HabitatLakes, swamps and backwaters of rivers
IUCN

Near threatened

LocationNorth America in the Mississipi river bassin
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Fins provide balance

The alligator gar drifts almost motionless in the water. It keeps its balance by moving its fins very gently and slowly. This languid swimming style allows the alligator gar to sneak up on its prey.

Mouth like a crocodile

Go up close to the aquarium glass and look at the alligator gar's mouth: With their numerous needle-sharp teeth, the alligator gar impales its prey, holds it firmly and swallows it whole. The alligator gar does not use its teeth to tear into and dismember its prey.

Ambush

The alligator gar captures its prey with a rapid surprise attack: The tapered snout, the elongated body and the large fins near the tail make the alligator gar a lightning-fast fish over short distances.


Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi