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

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

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