CREATURE FEATURE: Red Piranha

The Red Piranha (Pygocentru nattereri) is an omnivorous freshwater fish native to South American waters.

The Red Piranha grows to about 14-26 centimetres (5.5 to 10.2 inches) long.

Red Piranha

Red Piranha

They have a single row of sharp, serrated, triangular, interlocking teeth. Their bite power is very strong. Their strong jaws and saw-like teeth are excellent for tearing the flesh off animals.

They are not strictly carnivorous (meat-eating) and are described as omnivorous (eating all things, such as both meat and plants).

The female Red Piranha lays her eggs in holes (pits) dug into the bottom of the river. She protects the eggs until they are hatched.

Red Piranha

Red Piranha

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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