3 Intriguing, but Dangerous Animals of South America

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Piranha Although only a few of the numerous types of piranha are considered to be dangerous to humans, the red-bellied piranha is definitely one of those. And this ferocious fishves in the waterways of South America. Motion pictures and myths have painted a dismal picture of this sharp-toothed creature and to some degree, with reason. The stories range from schools of piranhas absolutely devouring the first of a herd of large animals to enter the water - to indiscriminate assaults on humans. For the most part, you'll be safe from a hit-or-miss strike by a school of these ravenous piranhas. They aren't the blood-thirsty creatures that the movies make them out to be. Take care, though in getting into the waters - especially when the water is low or their happens to be blood in the water. When agitated, the piranha can definitely be one of the most perilous south american animals. Piranhas inhabit a number of the freshwater streams of South America, swimming in good sized schools that are enticed by blood and agitation in the water. It is said that they only a threat to humans if the water volumes are low (from their river evaporating). They are generally only attacked when they are swimming in the vicinity of the shoreline where fish are being skinned and entrails thrown in the water. Anaconda This South American monster of a creature is straight out of the films - or your nightmares! Despite the fact that they generally don't grow extraordinarily large, anacondas have weighed in at at over 230 kilograms. It is often considered to be the biggest snake in the world. You certainly don't want to get caught alone with this snake due to their method of attacking and detaining their victim. Anacondas ordinarily prey on any type of animal that it can overpower, but frequently they are no threat to humans. Generally they want to to hide. They are known to flee immediately when man are around. It is indeed a remarkably different brand of snake type as it regularly coils around its kill, incrementally intensifying the pressure until eventually its victim suffocates. It mandibles are powered by large muscles that yield sufficient enough intensity for its well over 100 razor-sharp re-curved teeth to pierce the thick skin of an alligator. They don't have poison sacks, only making use of their capable jaws to grip and hold their kill. Poisonous Frogs The Golden Poison Frog of Central and South America isberally coated with a strong alkaloid poison. But this is not just any type of poison! This very small frog, (often not exceeding fifty-five mm in dimension), packs enough punch to take down a pair of African Bull Elephants ' don't come in contact with it. In fact, its poisonning is way more toxic than the powerful sting of a box jellyfish. This apparently harmless frog has always been known to have kill people who have touched it directly. Its also been noted that chicken and canine animals have died by contacting a tissue on which a Golden Poison Frog had wandered! Bizarre. Its been said that these frogs seem to have a awareness of their own invincibility. While other jungle creatures will be predisposed to disguise from predators, a variety of unsafe frogs will plainly walk right out on the tree-plant flooring. Its more or less as if they are daring someone to touch them. While the Golden Poison Frog just might be the most-deadly of the South American Animals, it also has other poison frog neighborhood friends. They are also covered in the same type of poison layer, but are not quite as lethal. All attractive in intense shades of color, they wouldkely look relatively easy to get your hands on and touch, but in reality, stay away. And finally, if you want to hear more about all the fascinating and dangerous animals of south america, take a look at South American Animals at