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Longnose Gar

Longnose Gar

Common Name:
Longnose Gar
Scientific Name:
Lepisosteus osseus
  • Aquatic (freshwater)
3 ft
Life Span:
9 yrs
Number of Young:
30,000 eggs
3.5 lb

Did you know longnose gar eggs are poisonous to humans? Learn more about longnose gar. 

Care & Wellness:

The gamefish habitat presents both predators, like the gar, and prey species possibly found in a large stream or lake habitat. Frequent water changes and tank cleanings maintain water quality.

  • Loners that do not school in groups
  • Females lay eggs and leave.
  • Have very sharp teeth for catching prey
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)
Fun Facts:
  • Longnose gar eggs are poisonous to humans.
  • World record weight is 48 pounds.
  • A prehistoric fish with remains found that date to 50,000 years ago.
The face of a longnose gar.