The Everglades

Spotted Gar

The spotted gar is a long slender fish, with dark gray spots on its light gray body. It has a long slender mouth with sharp teeth and is sometimes called the alligator gar.

The spotted gar eats bass, bream, and other fish smaller than itself. It catches it food by swimming very fast and when it sees its food, it snaps its mouth shut.

The spotted gar's habitat is in the freshwater of the Everglades. Like all fish, it lays many eggs, which hatch and become part of the food chain. The spotted gar is the favorite food of the alligator.

The Spotted Gar lives in the Slough habitat.

by Christina G.

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