Quick Answer: What is the most dangerous fish in the Amazon River?

Piranhas range from northern Argentina to Colombia, but they are most diverse in the Amazon River, where 20 different species are found. The most infamous is the red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri), with the strongest jaws and sharpest teeth of all.

What dangerous animals live in Amazon River?

7 Scary Animals in the Amazon

  • Green Anaconda Snake. The Amazon is home to a whole range of terrifying and dangerous snakes, from the highly venomous pit vipers to the ferocious South American rattlesnake. …
  • Red-bellied Piranha. …
  • Electric Eel. …
  • Amazonian Giant Centipede. …
  • Bull Shark. …
  • Arapaima. …
  • Tarantula.

Can you swim in the Amazon River?

Swimming in the big rivers (Amazon, Marañon, Ucayali) is generally not a good idea due to strong currents more so than parasites. Swimming in the smaller tributaries, especially black water tributaries and lakes is safe, but don’t swallow the water.

Why is Amazon so dangerous?

Sickness. Tourists are especially prone to sickness while traveling in the Amazon rainforest. According to Goparoo Travel Guide, the biggest threat comes from mosquitoes carrying malaria and yellow fever. These are both serious illnesses, so get the appropriate vaccinations before you go to the Amazon.

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