Most Deadliest Animals in The Amazon River

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.

Black Caiman
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.

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6 Responses to “Most Deadliest Animals in The Amazon River”
  1. Carlos Gomez Says...

    On May 9, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Your writer knows just enough to be dangerous. In fact, his understanding of Amazonian animals is even less than his ability as a writer. Most of his facts are either outdated or out of context, and those of us who live and work in the Amazon Basin do not find anything he has said to be based on reality. And of course, the underlying assumption that these animals are waiting around to wreak havoc on humans is absurd. The author needs to understand the difference between hazard and risk, something we use in daily life EXCEPT, apparently, where animals are concerned. Thus, we still feed on the same sort of blather folks believed in the 1700s.

  2. XXElleXX Says...

    On May 10, 2010 at 7:24 am

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  4. Linley Alexander Says...

    On May 31, 2010 at 9:59 am


  5. babe Says...

    On June 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

    There r so many deadly animals in that river> would never go there not even for a million pounds:)

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