Lacepede first described the alligator gar in 1803. The original name was Lepisosteus spatula and later changed by Wiley in 1976 to Atractosteus spatula
The alligator Gar is usually described as olive green or yellow with a white underneath and with diamond shaped scales on a cylindrical body .It has a wide, alligator-like snout full of sharp teeth which is probably what gave the species its name. It s front end looks like an alligator, the back end like a serpent or eel. A joint behind the head allows these creatures to make nodding head movements. The anal and dorsal fins of the fish are located towards the rear and are nearly opposite to each other. The fish's eggs are poisonous to humans if ingested. When an Alligator Gar leaps out of the water it will often make a loud grunt noise as the air in its air bladder is forced out. Then it inhales making a rasping sound. These sorts of noises are often reported in lake/ river monster encounters. They have few natural predators once they reach adulthood.
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The gar would certainly b e a n explanation for some crocodilian type sightings in the states where it lives and it’s description could be that of a lake creature. I think it is certainly an explanation for some sightings but not all as an experienced fisherman would recognise the gar. They are apparently good to eat but the scales are very difficult to remove. Due to overfishing they are protected in some states. Their long life and fairly solitary existence would tally again with some sightings. So worth a thought when you read about new sightings…could it be an alligator gar and not an unknown species?