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The candiru, also called the carnero fish, is a tiny parasitic catfish that inhabits the waters of South America. They can reach lengths of 1-2.5 in (2.5-6 cm) with a width of 3.5 mm. Their diminutive size and nearly transparent body makes them very hard to locate (not that you would want to). The candiru has sharp bones with a series of spines located around the head used while feeding.


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a candiru is a type of catfish that lives in the amazon river. more feared than piranhas, they are known to swim up vajinas, penuses and anuses.

in the amazon river and if your unlucky in your body

Do not urinate in flowing water.

Yes, but I really wish they didn't.

The candiru is tiny (5-14mm) parasitic freshwater catfish and it is small enough to get inside the human body through any of the various openings including the penis and presumably any hole of that size or larger, male or female. The candiru entering the human body has actually happened and is well documented, although they are not capable of swimming up a stream of urine as commonly thought.

Candiru But there is speculation wether or not it is attracted to urine or not

it's a fish called the candiru, or toothpick fish

These fish have never been bred in captivity so there is no available knowledge on the subject of breeding them.

The Candiru, The candiru refers to parasitic freshwater catfish in the family Trichomycteridae. They can be found in the Amazon River and are almost impossible to see through being translucent. They are eel shaped and can grow up to a size of 6 inches (15cm) in length. The fish is attracted by the smell of human urine. After tasting the urine the candiru may follow the urine stream back to the human. It then swims up the urethra and uses its spines to manifest itself somewhere in the urinary tract. After having spread the spines like an umbrella the candiru finally starts to draw blood and may grow by the amount of blood that is consumed. It eats away the muscous membranes and tissues until it is stopped either by hemorrhage or the host. Every attempt to catch the fish by the tail will fail since once in the urethra, it cannot be pulled out because the spines are spread like an umbrella. Men as well as women can be attacked by the candiru.

Candiru are the little catfish that have been known to swim into a mans penis/urethra and work their way up the urethra, lodging inside. Lets just say that excruciating pain, burning, bloody discharge and obstruction to the urine flow would all be a good list of symptoms. Ouch!

The Candiru -Dane

Brazilian Wandering Spider, Anaconda, cayman, piranah, Candiru, Jaracara and many, many other poisonous snakes.

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PIRANHAS!Another scary critter in the Amazon river is the Candiru(English and Portugese) or candirú (Spanish), also known as cañero or toothpick fish. They are a type of parasitic freshwater catfish native to the Amazon River. Although some candiru species have been known to grow to a size of 16 inches (~41 cm) in length, others are considerably smaller. These smaller species are known for an alleged tendency to invade and parasitize the human urethra where the allegedly swim up it and then deploy barbs to prevent their removal. Despite reports dating back to the late 19th century, the first documented case of a candiru parasitizing a human did not occur until 1997.

No the amazon can't always be safe. E.g. There is a type of parrasite that lives in the amazon river called a Candiru that attacks when having sensed urine in the water and they attack the human or thing that released that urine

There are many fish who live in the tropical rain forest. Some of the fish that live in the water of the rain forest include Bull Sharks, Candiru, Electir Eels, and the Red-Bellied Piranhas.

Rainforest animals live in countries near the equator. There are many animals that only live in the rainforest, including the decoy building spiders, piranhas, Kinkajou, poison dart frogs, and candiru fish.

I believe you are actually referring to a fish called the Candiru or Toothpick fish. It lives in Amazon River and is attracted the ammonia in urine. There have been reports of these fish swimming into a human's urethra. So, don't urinate in while swimming in the Amazon River!

I would advise against it:You add waste to the water which could cause people and animals to become sickIf the river is part of your area's drinking water, you could end up drinking your own urine eventuallyIf you live in South America, you could be attacked by a Candiru fish which will swim up your urethra and get stuck (look it up)

Candiru is a small parasitic freshwater catfish that lives in the streams of South America. It is attracted to metabolic discharges, such as urea and ammonia, and follows the scent to the host. It can implant itself in any small orifice, including the gills of other fish, an animal rectum, or a urethra. Due to the barbs and scales of the fish, removal is usually impossible without surgery.The greatest danger is from potential infection if the fish remains lodged for a long period of time.

The most dangerous fish in the ocean is the piranha. The piranha is a freshwater fish for Christ's sake! - - - - - There's no such thing as one "most dangerous fish." In venomous fish, the stonefish stands above all. Its spines pack a poison that can kill a human who steps on it, and the thing looks like a rock so you're likely to. In predatory fish, there are a lot of contenders but I'll have to go with the shortfin mako shark, which is a seriously predatory animal. Those are both marine animals. In freshwater fish, I give the nod not to the piranha--a fish not considered the most dangerous even in the Amazon River basin where it lives (people there consider the candiru, a catfish known for lodging itself in people's urethras, the most dangerous fish in the Amazon) but to one of two pangasiid catfish, the Paroon shark (p. sanitwongsei) or the Mekong catfish (p. gigas). These are huge fish--the Paroon shark grows to 10 feet in length and the Mekong catfish is larger--that are renowned for eating dogs and for tearing the guts out of fishermen with the spines in their pectoral fins.

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There's a lot of fish living in this world, but most of them are very danger and deadly.STONEFISHThe worst of the scorpion fishes, the stonefish bears a toxin comparable to that of a cobra. This small but horribly ugly creature lives in coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian oceans and is camouflaged to resemble a coral lump. If you are "spined," the pain is instantaneous. In 10 minutes you'll likely collapse, thrashing and raving maniacally. If you survive six hours you'll probably live, though flesh near the wound will have sloughed away, your joints will ache and it will take a year to regain good health.GREAT WHITE SHARKBased on its size, strength, fearlessness and preference for feeding on marine mammals-as well as divers, swimmers and even kayak hulls-the great white is the deadliest shark. These prehistoric survivors grow to thousands of pounds.BULL SHARKMany shark species can do you in, but the bull makes this list because of its abundance, vile disposition and common occurrence near shore in turbid water, where the fish is rarely seen until it attacks. Bulls also adapt to fresh water and roam far up major rivers.SEA WASPOtherwise known as the box jellyfish, this member of the Cubozoa clan (not a true jellyfish) is about as big as a basketball, with 60 nearly invisible tentacles trailing up to 15 feet behind it. It calls the Indio-Pacific region home. Not everyone who comes into contact with those tentacles dies, but the excruciating venomous sting causes vomiting and breathing and heart problems.CANDIRUThis translucent, yellow-eyed, eel-like parasitic catfish grows to a maximum length of one inch. It cannot kill you outright, but if you experience the wrath of one, you might wish it had. A native of the Amazon, the fish has a penchant for swimming into urethral openings of unprotected bathers-men and women alike. Once inside it pops open its spinygill covers, which prevent it from being pulled out. The ensuing shock and infection have caused death, as has hemorrhaging resulting from attempts to remove it. Delicate surgery might be required. Also, the juice of two native fruits high in citric acid, both drunk and used externally where possible, can dissolve the gill spines and kill the fish.

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