1. All Piranhas live in tropical freshwater rivers, lakes, and lagoons in the northern half of South America.
2. There are between 30-60 species of Piranhas.
3. Piranhas’ teeth are triangular shaped and as sharp as sharks’ teeth.
4. Only 3 species of Piranhas are considered dangerous to humans:
a. Black shoulder Piranha
b. Red-bellied Piranha (average sized at 13 inches and 3 pounds)
c. Sao Francisco Piranha (largest at 24 inches and 13 pounds)
5. There have been no fatal attacks on humans as Piranhas only bite fingers, toes and chunks of legs and hips.
6. Piranhas live 10-25 years.
7. Shoals of up to 1000 Piranhas stay together to survive, not necessarily to hunt.
8. Most Piranhas are omnivores that eat meat (scavenge mainly), seeds and fruits.
9. Predators include caimans (a small crocodile), river otters, larger fish, and herons (a large bird).
10. When Piranhas attack a large animal, they eat the flesh and muscle in seconds, and leave only the skeleton.
The Real Fish of Finding Nemo
The Real Fish of Finding Nemo Part 2
The Real Animals (and Fish!) of Finding Dory
10 Amazing Facts About Sea Otters
10 Interesting Facts About Killer Whales, or Orcas
10 Awesome Facts About Cuttlefish
10 Fascinating Facts About Piranhas
10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sea Sponges
Subscribe to Blog via Email
10 Cool Facts About Polar Bears
Book Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor
10 Not-So-Scary Facts About Tiger Sharks
10 Cool Facts about Narwhals
Children’s Book Review: On Kiki’s Reef by Carol L. Malnor and illustrated by Trina L. Hunner
Blue-Green Bacteria (Prochlorococcus) are Most Abundant Photosynthesizing Biomass on Earth
European Eel Life Cycle
Plastic Bits are Food? An Anchovy’s Perspective…
10 Fabulous Facts About the Blue Footed Booby
10 Amazing Facts About Great White Sharks
- Children’s Book Review: If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
- 10 Interesting Facts About the Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish
- Coral Reef Bleaching—Why the Great Barrier Reef is in Trouble
- The Journey of One Drop of Water
- Book Preview of “If Sharks Disappeared” and Interview with Author Lily Williams
Follow me on Twitter!Follow @@protectoceans
- 10 facts
- Book Reviews
- Endangered Animals of Finding Nemo
- Guest Posts
- Marine Mammals
- Other animals
- Other Marine Animals
- People and the Ocean
- Sea Turtles
- Tweets of the Week
Search this Blog
- 10 facts
- book reviews
- endangered species
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- global warming
- Great White Shark
- guest post
- guest posts
- humpback whale
- manta ray
- manta rays
- marine mammals
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- ocean acidification
- plastic pollution
- sea level rise
- Sea otters
- sea turtles
- shark finning
- tweets of the week
- whale shark