Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Actinopterygii
                       Family : Lepisosteidae
        Scientific Name : Lepisosteidae

                      Size(L) : 0.6m - 3m (2ft - 9.8ft)
              Water Type : Fresh
 Optimum pH Level : 6 - 9
                  Life Span : 10 - 20 years

                      Colour : Grey, Blue, Black, 
                                      Brown, Yellow
                 Skin Type : Smooth
Distinctive Features : Elongated body and
                                     sharp needle-like teeth
  1. Gars are an elongated species of fish found in North and Central America.
  2. They are also known as Garpike and should not be confused with the needle fish or garfish.
  3. They inhabit the fresh waters and brackish waters like lakes, reservoirs and slow-moving rivers.
  4. There are around 7 species of gar in the world.
  5. Usually, they are large sized fish and some individuals grow to be more than 3m long.
  6. They have a long jaw with sharp needle like teeth and rely on the strength of their jay to catch their prey.
  7. They are generally, slow moving fish and often hunt in small groups to catch their prey.
  8. They are dominant predators in their environment because of their size.
  9. They are carnivores hunting and feeding on fish, insects, crabs and eggs of other marine animals.
  10. They have few natural predators in crocodiles, alligators, large fish and humans.
  11. Gars spawn in spring or autumn and the females lay around 1o eggs per clutch.
  12. The eggs are sticky and are laid on a leaf or branch and remain there till they hatch.
  13. On an average, they live to be around 10-20 years old.

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