Piranha

Piranhas have a robust, narrow body, a blunt head, and strong jaws with triangular-shaped, razor sharp teeth


Piranhas tend to be silvery with red-pigmented patches.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Piranhas are well known for their razor sharp teeth and have a reputation for having voracious appetites. Although they are known to occasionally attack large animals, the reputation is greatly exaggerated. Some have been found with bird fragments, snakes, and small mammals in their stomachs. Young piranhas may eat copepods, crustaceans, and insects.

Key Facts

Family:
Serrasalmidae
Diet:
Insects, fish, crustaceans, worms, carrion, seeds and other plant material
Life Span:
10 years
Distribution:
South America
Habitat:
Amazon river basin
Did you know?
Most adult piranhas - depending on the species - eat fruit, seeds, and fish

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