Did you know?
The Red-Bellied Piranha is often thought of as aggressive and ferocious, because of their sharp teeth and feeding frenzies (when a large group of Piranhas join together to strip a large item of prey within minutes). However, this behavior is not common, and is usually a result of starvation or provocation.
You can find Red-Bellied Piranhas in the Texas State Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit!
Information gathered from sources including Arkive.org.
There is not enough information about the history and population status of the Ocellate River Stingray to determine if it is in danger of extinction, but we do know that it is used for food by native South Americans, because its preference for shallow water makes it an easy target for fishermen.
Information gathered from sources including “eol.org”.
In honor of National Frog Day this Saturday, today’s Creature Feature is the Ornate Horned Frog, featured in the Aquarium’s Amazon exhibit. The Ornate Horned Frog has earned the nickname “The PacMan Frog” because of it’s indiscriminate eating habits, and the size of its mouth in proportion to its body. This frog is a camouflage expert, see if you can find him next time you visit us!