Alligator Gar: 100 Million Years Old and Still Kicking

Alligator Gar: 100 Million Years Old and Still Kicking

\" \" The signature facial structure of the alligator gar Atractosteus spatula includes a short, wide, shovel-shaped bill that makes it stand out even amongst its fellow gar. The prehistoric looking Atractosteus spatula, for example, otherwise known as the alligator gar, is sometimes referred to as a \"living fossil.\" AdvertisementAdvertisementDo Alligator Gar Bite? Though an alligator gar will go berserk if threatened and can definitely seem dangerous, there has never been a verified attack on a human by an alligator gar, even though they do have needle-sharp teeth. This is sound management: Alligator gar are slow growing and slow to reach sexual maturity.

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