CHARACTERISTICS Piranhas range in color from yellow to steel-grey to bluish to partly red to almost black. Piranhas are normally about 15 to 25 centimetres long
DIET Piranhas are opportunistic carnivores (flesh-eaters). They eat aquatic and land animals that are in the water. Some of their prey includes fish, mollusks, crustaceans, insects, birds, lizards, amphibians, rodents and carrion
HABITAT Piranhas are typically found in white-water streams. Piranha Fish are important components of their native environments.
PREDATORS Many animals prey upon piranhas (especially young piranhas), including other piranhas, caimans, water snakes, turtles, birds, otters and people.
REPRODUCTION Piranhas reproduce by laying groups of eggs in rivers and lakes.