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Body

Habitat

Food

Life Cycle

Fun Facts

Body

Piranhas are small hunters.
These fish use gills
to breathe in the water.
Their bodies are covered
with shiny scales.
Piranhas can be 1 foot
(.3 meter) long.

Habitat

Most piranhas are found
in South America.
They swim in tropical rivers.
Piranhas often swim
near shore to find food.

Food

Piranhas attack prey
with their razor-sharp teeth.
They often hunt in groups.
Piranhas eat snakes, fish,
and other animals.
They also eat fruit and seeds.

Life Cycle

In spring female piranhas
lay about 5,000 eggs.
After two or three days,
fry hatch.
After two years, piranhas
are fully grown.

Fun Facts

  • About 20 types of
    piranhas live in
    South America.
  • Piranhas often swim
    in schools to stay safe.
  • Some people keep
    piranhas as pets.

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