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Still, piranhas are regarded as bloodthirsty and shall be able to gnaw off animals or humans that have fallen into the water to their bones in a matter of minutes. That those prejudices are exaggerated can be seen in the example of Indians happily going for a swim in the habitat of the piranhas. Even people that have been attacked were not severely injured. Only having open wounds can be dangerous.
|Classification||Order characiformes, family characins|
|Diet||Fishes, insects, crabs, molluscs, injured animals, carcass and vegetarian food|
|Habitat||Amazon basin and Orinoco basin as well as catchment area of the Rio Paraguay and the Rio Paraná|
|Reproduction||Up to 4,000 eggs are laid into a spawn den; the males defend the spawn; eclosion of the larvae after 34 days|