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Red-bellied piranha spend most of their time hunting for food - eating insects, worms, snails, fish, plants, seeds and fruit. The presence of blood in the water turns the feeding into a frenzy. They have extremely sharp, pointed, triangular teeth that can puncture, tear and crush their prey.
Red-bellied piranha can make barking, croaks and drumbeat sounds if they feel afraid, threatened, or are claiming territory over other fish.
They live in the lakes and rivers of South America, swimming and hunting in groups called a shoal. These groups can include more than a 100 piranha. When threatened, the shoal will group together and take down the predator.
Beautiful steel grey in colour mixed with silvery gold and a bright orange-red throat and belly helps the Red-bellied piranha camouflage itself in the muddy waters it lives in. The female can lay up to 5 thousands eggs at a time. The eggs are laid in the sand, below the water source in which they live that has been dug by her mate. After fertilisation, the eggs attach themselves to the plants at the bottom of the water source. The male will then act as the eggs protector, becoming very territorial, warning anyone off that poses a threat, until the eggs hatch a few days after. Red-bellied piranhas can grow up to 40cm and have a lifespan of 10-20 years.
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