The electric eel, Electrophorus electricus, is a species of fish. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks. The animal uses these shocks both for hunting and to defend itself. It is an apex predator in its South American range. This means that usually, it has no enemies except other animals of its own species. Despite its name, it is not an eel at all but rather a knifefish. It can give electric shocks of up to six hundred fifty watts of electricity. It can kill animals larger than the eel itself. The maximum weight on an electric eel is six pounds. Because electric eels can shock, very few of them are kept as pets. But when the eel keeps shocking and its electricity runs out, one can seize it and keep it.