The Spotted Gar is a freshwater fish native to North America. They are usually found in clear shallow water in creeks, rivers and lakes. They have a profusion of dark spots on the body. They are long with an elongated mouth with many teeth used to eat other fish and crustaceans, as well as insect larvae and algae. They grow 2-3 feet in length and weigh 4-6 pounds on average. Gars spawn in shallow water with lots of vegetation during April and May. The female is usually larger and live longer than the males. Females lay on an average of 13,000 eggs up to about 20,000 eggs. It usually takes 10 to 14 days for the eggs to hatch. The male's average lifespan is 8 years while the female's is 10 years with a maximum lifespan of 18 years.
Exhibits: Blue Hole Spring, Flint River Gallery & Spring Run Creek