What animals live in the Amazon River?


When it comes to the Amazon River. It is a fact that many of these animals can be very exotic. Arriving not to be found in other parts of the world. Likewise, Ecuador is part of the countries that the Amazon River connects and today we will talk a little about the animals that live in the Amazon River.

Well, when it comes to diversity, the Amazon is the lung of Latin America, as well as its river, it can connect with many countries and bring an incredible diversity of fauna and flora. Next, we will name some animals that live in the Amazon River.

Types of animals that live in the Amazon River.

An electric eel emerges from the algae

Electric eel

Electric eel and according to its scientific name is Electrophorus Electricus. A very famous eel, which feeds on fish and other small animals, kills its prey with 850 volts.

The Giant Otter

The Giant Otter and according to its scientific name is Pteronura Brasiliensis. An aquatic mammal that feeds on small and good-sized fish, they can measure up to 1.50 to 1.80 and their weight can be up to 45 kilograms.

Giant otter in the water
Red-bellied piranhas


An animal that is seen very exclusively at the equator, they are carnivorous fish that in turn are omnivores. They really wipe out what they find in their path. These types of creatures abound in the Amazon River as well as in Ecuador.

Brown Basilisk

Brown Basilisk or better known as Basilicus Vittatus. It is a species of reptile which has an incredible ability, which consists of running with such incredible speed that its body maintains itself when it does so in the water.

Brown basilisk warming up on a branch
Capybara eating


Capybara or better known by its scientific name as Hydrochaeris Hydrochaeris. An aquatic mammal, the largest rodent in the world, can weigh up to 50 kilos, abounds throughout the Amazon River.

All these species are incredibly abundant in the Amazon River, Ecuador being a connection with this incredible River, they provide a large amount of fauna and flora, as we had said previously. It is a fact that for many who study the diversity of animals it is a delight to see so many species.

"The Amazon River is a natural treasure that must be protected and preserved for future generations."

Therefore, if you have found it interesting, you can read more about here. We hope you can help us by sharing this post with those who adore the animals of the Amazon River, as well as the different species of animals that are in the equator.

Since it is a fact that everything we can learn from them, as well as their behavior, is very impressive.

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