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The piranha is a family fish native to South American rivers. They are called caribes in Venezuela. For the amount of fear they instill in people, the piranha is a relatively small fish. They are generally only 6 to 10 inches in length, but can grow up to 18 inches in length. Piranha are best known for their sharp teeth and voracious appetite for meat. They will quickly devour aquatic and land animals they find in the water. Piranha can be many different colors such as yellow, steel-gray, blue, red and black. Play the following videos to learn more about the piranha.