Red Pirahna

Scientific name 
Pygocentrus nattereri
Piranha swimming

What it looks like: Red piranhas feature a distinctive red belly, with the rest of their body being grey with sliver-flecked scales.

Animal facts:

  • Piranhas travel in shoals to protect themselves from predators.
  • They have a reputation for being a ferocious predator, despite mainly being a scavenger.

What they eat: Insects, worms, crustaceans and fish.

Where they live: The red piranha is native to South America and can be found living in the Amazon River Basin, coastal rivers, north-eastern Brazil and basins of the Paraguay and Parana.

Habitat: Red piranhas reside in white water rivers and freshwater streams and lakes.

Family
Serrasalmidae
Order
Characiformes
Life Span
8-10 Years