10 Horrifying Facts About Piranhas



We’ve all seen science fiction or horror movies about the piranha – a killer fish known to lurk in the murky waters of the Amazon river. These little beasts can devour a human being within a matter of seconds when attacking together in a pack. Folks are absolutely terrified of these monsters, and rightfully so in some cases. There are different species, colors, and even types of food the piranha enjoys feasting on. Overall, these are extremely interesting fish to behold. Here are ten facts about the piranha you’ll want to warn everyone about.

Names

The Piranha may be known across the world, but in Venezuela they call this predatory fish by the name of “caribe.”

South American Threats

Throughout South America, particularly within the rain forest regions of the continent, piranhas have become a rampant threat to people and livestock.

Introductions

Despite running rampant in South America, people thought it was a good idea to introduce the vicious fish to North America, Central America, and Hawaii, of all places.

Omnivores

Believe it or not, piranhas don’t just feast on meat and flesh. They are omnivores, which means they also consume plants, too.

Species Unknown

Scientists know a lot about piranhas, but not every member of the species have been identified by the world yet.

Pretty Colors

Piranhas are not just dull browns in color, they also come in everything from yellow to green, blue to gray, and sometimes even red.

Measurements

The piranha is not a very big fish in many cases. They usually measure from 6 to 10 inches in length, which can still be scary enough.

Never Ending

Piranha have long sharp teeth, but you should know their teeth just grow back into their mouths after they lose them. It never ends.

Piranha Diet

As we previously mentioned, the piranha is an omnivore. They tend to feed on mollusks, insects, birds, lizards, and the carcasses of other animals, in terms of meat.

Feeding Frenzy

Just like sharks, the piranha can sometimes become involved in a feeding frenzy when they are together. This usually happens when the pack comes across a school of fish.