Longnose Gar Lepisosteus osseus

Longnose Gar The long nose.
Longnose Gar with Paddlefish Swimming with Paddlefish.
The Longnose Gar or Longnose Garpike is native to slow-moving waters, swamps, mangroves, lakes and brakish estuaries of eastern USA and Central America, including as far north as the Great Lakes and as far west as New Mexico. It is slender compared to other gars and its nose is 3-4 times its head length. It can reach 1.2m long typically and 1.8m maximum (4-6 feet). Like other gars, its scales are hard and bony. It is able to gulp air and live in low-oxygenated swamps as well as breathe through gills under water. It has sharp, conical teeth and preys mainly on other fish.