Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Actinopterygii
                       Family : Characidae
        Scientific Name : Pygocentrus Nattereri

                      Size(L) : 20cm - 50cm 
                                      (7.8in - 20in)
               Water Type : Fresh
 Optimum pH Level : 6 - 8
                  Life Span : 20 - 25 years

                      Colour : Grey, Yellow, 
                                       Blue, Red
                 Skin Type : Scales
Distinctive Features : Rounded head and a 
                                      single row and 
                                      triangular teeth
  1. Piranhas are freshwater fish found in South America.
  2. There inhabit the fast slowing rivers and streams that flow through the South American Jungles.
  3. They live in large shoals and are known to constantly be fighting for food.
  4. So much so that feeding frenzies have been triggered due to lack of food especially blood.
  5. They are best known for their taste for blood, and are known to have a row of very sharp teeth.
  6. Despite this, they are omnivores, feeding on snails, insects, fish,
  7. They grow to an average length of 20-50cm but a few of them also grow to be as big as 80cm.
  8. Their natural predators are crocodiles, river dolphins, larger fish, turtles and birds.
  9. Though humans of more scared of Piranhas than sharks, they hunt them for food.
  10. They breed during the months of April and May in slower waters.
  11. They are known to mate in pairs and also prepare a nest as a pair.
  12. The female piranha lays around 5,000 eggs in that nest and both the parents fiercely guard the eggs that hatch after a few days.
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