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Electric Eel

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The Electric Eel is a fish, and a deadly one at that. It is capable of producing electric shocks up to 650 V. They use this offense for both protection and hunting.
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Latin Name: Electrophorus electricus Conservation Status: Least Concern
Distribution: Amazon and Orinoco Rivers Maximum Size: 2.5 m
Maximum Weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)  

The Electric Eel is actually a knifefish, not an eel. They are dark grey / green in colour, with a lighter bottom. They are considered one of the highest predators in their natural region. Their bodies are very cylindrical. Electric Eels breathe air, and can hold their breath for about 10 minutes.


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