North American Freshwater - Ambush Predators
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predatory species from large river basins, swamps, and drainage areas with slower moving waters along the edges of wetlands
these predatory fish have terminal or upturned (superior) mouths and sharp teeth to snap up fish, birds, and even small mammals
they are large and streamlined to allow them to swim fast and quickly sneak up on prey, many hide in shadows or vegetation to wait and then dash out to grab their prey
fish with elongated snouts with many conical, sharp teeth and interlocking ganoid scales (primitive diamond-shaped scales different from the cycloid and ctenoid scales of most modern fish), 7 known species of gar, largest species is the alligator gar in Southeast USA - the largest one caught ever was bycatch in Mississippi and was 8 feet 5 inches long and 47 inches wide and 327 pounds, our exhibits have all North American gar species: alligator gar, spotted gar, shortnose gar, longnose gar, and Florida gar
slow moving water to simulate edges of large river basins and wetaldn habitats, 3 inch acrylic, temperature is 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
species in exhibit
various gar, pike, muskie, bass, sturgeon, softshell turtles, and slider turtles
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