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The electric eel is a South American freshwater fish found mainly in the Amazon River basin. It prefers to live in murky to dark shaded streams and creeks. This eel has a long cylindrical, scaleless body that is olive to black in color. It can reach about 8 feet in length.
The electric charge is produced by special organs along the sides of its body. The electric discharge can exceed 500 volts and is used against predators and to subdue its prey. Longer fish produce a stronger discharge. Therefore, older electric eels can consume larger prey.
Look for the electric eel lurking in its habitat in the River Scout gallery.