For 100 Million years Gar have inhabited the Earth. They were here to see the dinosaurs die out and to see man begin his onslaught on water habitats the world over. They survived all this time by having a body that is tough and adaptable. Gar are classified in the phylum Chordata , subphylum Vertebrata, class Osteichthyes, order Lepisosteiformes, family Lepisosteidae. Gar are equipped with a gas bladder that serves as a lung in habitat with limited deluded oxygen available. They have long snouts with dozens of needlelike teeth. These teeth allow them to grasp fish in strong current. It also allows them to slowly creep up on slower fish and grasp them before they are able to react and flee.
The author of this site has observed many of these fish discarded at lakes and spillways all over the eastern half of the state. Anglers that are fishing for game fish often catch Gar on live bait and spinners. Many leave their catch to die on the banks; feeling that these fish are the reason the game fishing is poor or that they will eat young Bass and Crappie if released. These are one of the most observable of Kansas fishes. They are easily observed in spring at reservoir spillways during high water consuming spawning shad and sucker fish species.
A gar is an interesting addition to an aquarium. However, it is important that you careful consider tankmates for your gar.