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The Piranha Species – How Do You Classify Piranha?

When looking through the plethora of classifications surrounding the Piranha it can all look a bit confusing. So, how do you classify Piranha? In short, all life on earth is classified by taxonomic rank. The classifications are Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and then Species. Each taxonomic rank asks a question with which to […]

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Are Piranhas Reptiles?

The classification of animals and plants can sometimes look rather confusing. There are many family groups and classes which make it difficult to specify where a group goes. So, are Piranhas reptiles? In short, no, Piranhas are not reptiles. Within the animal kingdom the order of classification is Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and […]

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Are Piranhas Mammals?

When looking at how animals are classified, it can get quite confusing, quite quickly. There are lots of words in Latin with many classifications and definitions. So, are Piranhas mammals? In short, no, Piranhas are not mammals. Under the definitions in the animal kingdom, the classifications at the class level has the options of mammals, […]

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Can You Swim With Piranhas?

With the reputation of stripping animals to the bone in minutes via pack hunting, it might be a surprise as to why ask this question, after all, they are really dangerous aren;t they? So, can you swim with Piranhas? In short, yes, you can swim with Piranhas. The most aggressive and the most common, the […]

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Do Piranhas Eat Their Young?

Piranhas in the wild have a varied diet, which one should try and replicate if you own them at home. They are known to have a tendency towards cannibalism in certain circumstances? So, do Piranhas eat their young? In short, yes, the aggressive Piranha species will eat their young. Although, not the preferred meal, they […]

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How To Tell If Piranhas Are Male Or Female?

While you can own Piranha without any need to know if they are male or female, having an idea as to whether you might see breeding behaviour does seem like owners want to know about. So, how do you tell if Piranhas are male or female? In short, although there are no external sex differences […]

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Will Piranhas Eat Snails?

A Piranhas diet in the wild is pretty varied. They consume everything from plant matter to worms, fruits and crustaceans, although a large part of their diet is fish. They forage for all manner of foodstuffs and undoubtedly come across snails in the wild. So, will Piranhas Eat snails? In short, yes, Piranhas will eat […]

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Are Piranhas Nocturnal Or Diurnal?

While a fascinating fish, many people are interested in when Piranha are active. If you plan an aquarium, when exactly will you see your Piranha swimming, foraging and feeding. So, are Piranhas nocturnal or diurnal? Piranhas are diurnal. That is they are more active during the day. Smaller Piranha feed throughout the day, but larger […]

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Will Piranhas Eat Bones?

When you see Piranha, their razor sharp teeth and their fearsome reputation for attacking, it’s an important question to be mindful of if you want to feed Piranha. So, will Piranhas eat bones? In short, no, Piranhas will not eat bones but the question requires some nuances. While possessing a bite that can go through […]

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Beginners Info

Do You Have To Give Piranhas Live Food?

One of the attractions of owning Piranhas is that they are a fascinating fish. As an omnivore they eat vegetables and meats. They will attack small live mammals in the wild for food. So, do you have to give Piranhas live food? In short, no, you do not have to give your Piranha live animals. […]