The Longnose Gar is classified as an opportunistic hunter. The gar can adjust its diet based on the seasons and salinity of the water it resides in.  Their main competitors are other gar of their own species as well as other types of gar. Longnose Gars are ambush predators, spending most of their time drifting motionless waiting for a small unsuspecting fish to swim by. The gar can be seen hunting during the day but they mainly hunt at night. Some of these organisms include bullheads, bluegills, perch and sunfish. Larger gars have been known to feed on smaller gar, as well. They grab their prey sideways in their jaw then turn the prey so they can swallow it head first (Lagler 1940).

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