Re: NANFA-- gator gar ,always surprising

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 5 Aug 2001 10:00:37 -0500

It is definatly a true alligator gar. I got them from a hatchery , with
some help from someone who knew the guy who ran it. I don't think they are
available anymore. The parent stock came from Louisiana. I have had them
for 5 years now. I can see why they are in a seperate genus than spots,
long and shortnose, and florida gar. They not only are built differently,
they act much different. The AC article this past spring ( I think that was
the one) talked about how Gate "lured" small sunfish in to eat by waiting by
a wriggling piece of worm on the bottom.

I have seen them scavenge too, the strangest thing it ate was a live adult
toad. Toads are not eaten by many things, because they excrete a toxic
substance from the two large bumps, or paratoid glands. Stranger than that,
I once caught a northern pike with stomach full of acorns. My guess is it
was fall and they were falling of the trees and the pike grabbed them when
they spalshed down on the surface. This pike was probably very hungry, it
was in a small pond in the forest, and very few other fish were in this

I once had a longnose that would eat pelleted food, but only the more
expensive high grade cichlid pellets. I thought that it did this because I
tried feeding it prepared food since it was an inch long.

I hope to get some pictures of the "river' on my web site soon.

> 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
> the alligator gar has been known to eat garbage.
> Your gar river sounds awesome!

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