This article is about the deadliest animals living in and around the Amazon river in South America.
Most Deadliest Animals In The Amazon River
Located in South America, the Amazon River is the
largest river in the world. Spanning through seven
countries, it is home to an abundence of life, including
some of the deadliest animals in the world. Here is a list
of some of the most dangerous animals found in or
around the Amazon river.
Known for being one of the worlds largest snakes,
Anaconda’s are nonvenomous boas that can grow to be
over 30 feet long and over 500 pounds. One of the
deadliest predators of the Amazon, Anaconda’s have
been known to eat goats, capybaras, donkeys, birds,
fish, and even humans. They kill their prey by wrapping
around it and then squeezing it to death. Then without
chewing it at all, it swallows its prey whole.
Also known as the Pirarucu, the Arapaima is a very
large air breathing fish that can grow to be over 10 feet
long and can weight up to 440 pounds. One of the
largest fresh water fish in the world, it has scales on its
body and needs to surface every 15 to 20 minutes to get
some oxygen. The Arapaima are one of the oldest and
the most ancient fish still alive on earth, going back to
the Jurrasic period, 200 million years ago. The Arapaima
will eat anything alive from birds, to fish, to amphibians,
to smaller mammals, and reptiles too.
The largest predator in the Amazon river. The Black
Caiman is a carnivorous reptile known as a crocodilian.
It has no enemies other than humans and can eat
anything from Catfish, to piranhas, to capybaras, to
giant river otters, and even humans. The black Caiman
can grow to be over 20 feet long and weight up to 3,000
The most dangerous mammal found around the Amazon
river is definately the Jaguar. These giant cats can grow
up to be over 6 feet long and weight over 250 pounds.
They are great swimmers, awesome tree climbers, and
very fast runners that can kill almost anything else
found in and around the Amazon. The Jaguar has a very
powerful bite, and usually kills its prey by biting it on
the head or neck. Today the Jaguar is a threatened
species and its numbers are still declining due to
habitate loss and other key factors.
Although only about 6 to 10 inches long usually, the
Piranha is one of the most feared fish found in the
Amazon river. They have very strong jaws and razor
sharpe teeth that can rip through flesh with ease. The
Piranha usually attacks in large groups, and they have
been known to kill large animals and even people within
minutes of attacking them.