A piranha's natural habitat includes the Orinco, Guyana, Amazon, Rio Sao Francisco, Rio Paraguay and Rio Parana rivers in South America. These rivers have temperatures between 75 and 86 F and carry fine particles in suspension, giving them a milky-white appearance known as whitewater.
Piranhas exist in the rivers of South America largely due to a phenomenon called the Pororoca. The rivers lie at a higher relief than the ocean. The ocean waters push against the fresh river waters until the pressure explodes with giant waves. The Pororoca kills a large number of animals and leaves the perfect feeding ground of cadavers for the piranha.Learn More
A piranha has shark-like teeth and an impressive bite for its size, and it feeds on a variety of food. The name "piranha" comes from the native Tupi language in Brazil meaning "tooth fish."Full Answer >
Piranhas are both prey and predator to a variety of creatures in their natural habitat. Though they are armed with razor-sharp teeth that allow them to easily devour their prey, piranhas have to worry about being eaten themselves.Full Answer >
The Gary Fisher Piranha is not actually a species of the well-known aquatic predator. Rather, it is the name given to a high-quality mountain bike produced by the Gary Fisher Bike Company.Full Answer >
A red-tailed catfish is a large, long-whiskered member of the catfish family native to South America. Its tail fin is orange or red. These bottom-dwelling freshwater fish live in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds.Full Answer >