POISONOUS FROGS CAN JOIN YOUR ADVENTURE!

Rio Amazon display recreates the primeval, lush world of the Rainforest. Discover freshwater stingrays, poison dart frogs, armored catfish, Arapaima, and the voracious and feared piranha.

PIRANHAS

The piranha family is divided into two subfamilies – carnivorous piranha and herbivorous pacu. Many people are familiar with the piranha, known for their ferocity and fearlessness. The herbivorous pacu are less well-known, but grow much larger and can reach up to 44 pounds!

Frequently, piranhas in the wild become stranded in pools due to drought conditions. When this happens, they have been known to attack cows, crocodiles and even humans, and can strip flesh off their prey in minutes.

ARAPAIMA

Native of the Amazon and its tributaries, the Arapaima is one of the largest fresh water fish in the world. Specimens of 10 feet in length and weighing 400 pounds are common. Enormous specimens of 15 feet and 1,000 pounds have been reported.

The Arapaima can make an exhale breathing sound that can be heard 100 feet away. Its tongue is so rough that natives use them to grate food.

REDTAIL CATFISH

The Redtail Catfish of South America can grow to over 5 feet in length!

It’s cat-like “whiskers” are really barbels, which it uses for sensing food in the murky waters it inhabits.

Aside from their whiskers, catfish are distinguishable by their lack of scales.

POISONOUS DART FROGS

The fantastically colorful Poison Dart Frogs of Central and South America are extremely poisonous. Despite their tiny size, the largest less than 1.5 inches in length, these frogs are highly toxic and some can be lethal to humans.

Native hunters in the rainforest use the poisons from these frogs on the tips of their blow darts and arrows when hunting.

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