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
The largest piranha is the San Francisco piranha, which can be over 13 inches long and weigh up to 7 pounds. This piranha lives in the San Francisco River basin in Brazil, along with the red-bellied piranha, which can be 11 to 13 inches long and weigh 7 ¾ pounds.Full Answer >
Piranhas weigh 7 to 8 pounds and grow up to 18 inches in length. They are found in the rivers of South America, and they have a lifespan of up to 25 years.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >