Alligator gar, the largest species of gar in North America, are an ancient and formidable predator that offer a thrilling challenge for anglers. With their armored scales, long snout, and powerful body, alligator gar are an impressive sight and a prized catch for any fisherman.
At New Wave Taxidermy, we specialize in creating handcrafted and custom painted mounts of alligator gar. Our skilled artists work diligently to capture the unique characteristics of your catch, creating a one-of-a-kind trophy that you can proudly display.
Each of our alligator gar mounts comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist, attesting to the quality of our craftsmanship. With over 40 years of experience and numerous awards, we are confident in our ability to deliver the finest alligator gar mounts in the world.
We encourage you to take a moment to browse our gallery below before requesting your free estimate. Let us create a stunning alligator gar trophy that will be a lasting testament to your angling skills and your love of the sport.
Alligator Gar Information
Alligator gar Alligator gar can be found in the southern United States, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and parts of Mexico. Known for their prehistoric appearance, they can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh more than 300 pounds. This makes them one of the largest freshwater fish in North America.
They are an apex predator and have a diet consisting of other fish, waterfowl, and even small mammals. Alligator gar are also known to occasionally scavenge on carrion.
Alligator gar have a unique breathing adaptation known as a swim bladder. They can use it to take in air and survive in oxygen-depleted environments, allowing them to thrive in stagnant water or low-oxygen environments.
In addition to their impressive size and unique breathing adaptation, alligator gar are also known for their longevity. These fish can live for over 50 years, with some individuals believed to have lived up to 95 years in the wild.
Interesting Facts About Alligator Gar:
- Alligator gar are one of the oldest freshwater fish species in North America, with fossils dating back over 100 million years.
- They have been called “living fossils” due to their prehistoric appearance and ancient lineage.
- Alligator gar are also known as “gator gar” due to their alligator-like snout and large, sharp teeth.
- In some parts of the southern United States, alligator gar are considered a delicacy and are sought after for their meat.
- Alligator gar have been known to attack humans, but these incidents are rare and usually occur when the fish is provoked or feels threatened.
- The largest alligator gar ever recorded was caught in a fishing net in Mississippi. It weighed 327 pounds, was greater than 8 feet in length, and was estimated to be between 70 and 90 years old. You can read about the incredible mount we made for it here.
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