How to Draw a Piranha

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Piranha in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Piranha.

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How to Draw a Piranha - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the pirahna's head. Make an oval with a small space cut out for the mouth. Pirahnas have small mouths, but their teeth are very sharp!

Step 2: Next, draw the body. Start at the top and bottom of the head and draw two curved lines, leaving room at the end for the tail.

Step 3: Now connect the lines by drawing the tail. Make sure it has two points, like two triangles pointing away from the body.

Step 4: Next are the fins. Draw two curved lines on the top, one bigger than the other. Then draw a long triangle on the bottom by the tail for the bottom fin.

Step 5: Now draw in the eyes and the teeth. To draw the eye, just put a small circle inside of a bigger one. For the teeth, draw tiny triangles inside the pirahna's mouth. Remember, a pirahna's teeth may be small, but they are sharp!

Step 6: Your last step is to draw the front fin. First, draw a curved line right next to the line on the pirahna's face. Then draw a small oval with a point on one end. This fin is smaller than the one you drew before. Now your pirahna is finished!

Interesting Facts about Piranhas

Piranhas are known to be vicious freshwater fish with razor-sharp teeth. Piranhas are silver with red patches. They live in the rivers and lakes of South America, but some have also been found in North America. People in South America make weapons out of piranha teeth.

Did you know?

  • The average lifespan of piranhas is 25 years.
  • Piranhas eat seeds, fish, plants, snails, and birds. Sometimes they eat other piranhas if they are really hungry!
  • Like sharks, piranhas have a strong sense of smell and can detect blood.
  • Piranhas can lay as many as 5,000 eggs at a time.
  • A school of piranhas can have about 1,000 fish.
  • The average length of a piranha is 18 inches.
  • The piranha’s jaw and teeth are so strong that it can crush a human hand within seconds. However, they are not known for attacking humans.
  • Piranhas live together in groups called shoals. Shoals typically consist of 20 fish.

There are about 40 species of piranhas. Piranhas group together to eat in a feeding frenzy, which means they attack and rapidly eat their prey. Although they are ferocious, they have predators, which include dolphins and crocodiles.

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