Re: NANFA-- gator gar ,always surprising

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 05 Aug 2001 08:24:33 -0400

> Then I saw my big
> gator gar "Gate" cruise out of the wood jam, and go to take a gulp of air ,
> or so I thought. One of the gamefish chow pellets went in its mouth. I
> watched sure it would come swirling back out, much like some of them picky
> sunfish do. NO!??? What's going on here?


Assuming that this is a true alligator gar, Atractosteus spathula, then it
may be relevant to know that in the wild alligator gars scavenge to
supplement their predatory habits. Years ago, one alligator gar was found
with a heat indicator from a diesel engine in its stomach! And in Louisiana,
the alligator gar has been known to eat garbage.

Your gar river sounds awesome!

Chris Scharpf

/"Unless stated otherwise, comments made on this list do not necessarily
/ reflect the beliefs or goals of the North American Native Fishes
/ Association"
/ This is the discussion list of the North American Native Fishes Association
/ To subscribe, unsubscribe, or get help, send the word
/ subscribe, unsubscribe, or help in the body (not subject) of an email to
/ For a digest version, send the command to
/ instead.
/ For more information about NANFA, visit our web page,