So, today, we would like to acquaint you with little freshwater stingrays that inhabits rivers in South America. This is one of the species:
Don't know what that means? No problem!
Fun science fact of today: Earth has eight ecozones, one being the neotropics. This is just the entire area of South America, a bit of Central America and the Caribbean and a hunk of Florida. These areas all share a large number of plant/animals. Simple.
Now, like we said before, they are native to South America, with the greatest number of different species being found in the Amazon (but that's no surprise). They are the only family of batoids restricted solely to freshwater. As you can tell, they're pretty round in shape and their size depends on their species, going from only a few inches in diameter to about 1.5 m (almost 5 ft)! Most of these species have a spotted pattern, as you can see in the one above. Their color ranges from pale tan/yellow to a dark brown/black.
Like other stingrays, they do have a venomous spine, which causes a lot of locals to be wary of them! In fact, many fear stingrays over piranhas or electric eels.
Plus, they leave you alone so long as you don't harass or step on them (and I get it, accidents happen; do the stingray shuffle).
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If you have nothing to do for about 6 minutes*
you should watch these little guys feed. So cute.
**Well, technically I have plenty to do. But this is how one should procrastinate: with SCIENCE.