The Piranha Fish

Piranhas live in the Amazon. They eat small fish and dead or injured animals of any size. The word for scissors among the natives is piranha. People in some parts of that area use piranha jaws as cutting tools and their teeth as razors.

Rivers and waterholes in the Amazon rain forest abound not only with piranhas but also with electric eels, caimans and giant snakes that squeeze their prey to death. It is up to 60 cm (23 inches) long. The piranha razor sharp teeth can clip a mouthful of flesh as neatly as you would take a bite from an apple. If the piranha is not looking at you it doesn’t mean it can’t see you.

By Patricia Doyle


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