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SINGAPORE – The carcass of a “monstrous” alligator was seen on February 14 at MacRitchie Reservoir, raising concerns over illegal dumping of fish into water bodies

The fish is native to North America, but the juveniles – around eight inches on average – are sold in local fish shops

The largest officially registered gar alligator was 257m long, weighing 148kg This species has a lifespan of approximately 10 to 20 years in captivity M Ian Toh, owner of Toh Aquarium, said alligators typically reach a size of around 1m in two to three years

The recommended tank size should be at least 15m long and 1m wide, with a thickness of 12mm to 20mm in order to withstand the power of the gar, according to M Toh The water and filter must also be changed weekly The tank requires heating to maintain the water temperature between 29 and 33 ° C

Alligators are piscivores, animals that feed mainly on fish They are ambush predators – they stalk until unsuspecting fish pass by and pounce on them An adult gar needs around 200g at 300g of food per week, and its recommended diet consists of live fish or frozen seafood

Although the gar’s flesh is edible, its eggs contain ichthyotoxin, a type of protein toxin, which is very toxic to humans on contact Symptoms of ichthyotoxin poisoning can include headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and low blood pressure, among others

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