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The hippopoptamus are herbivorous, semiaquatic mammal native to Africa. It is one of two species in the family Hippopotamidae. The other is the pygmy hippopotamus. Hippos are well adapted for life in the water and found in slow-moving rivers and lakes in Africa. With their eyes, ears, and nostrils on the top of their head, hippos can hear, see and breathe while most of their body is submerge in water. Hippos inhabit rivers, lakes, and mangrove swamps. Males preside over a strench of river and groups of females and their young. During the day, hippos remain cool by chilling in the water or mud and eat during dusk. Althought hippos are territorial in water, they are not on land. Current threats to hippos are habitat loss and poaching for meat and ivory teeth.
Hippos are among the largest living land mammals! Males can weigh around 1,500kg (3,310lbs) and females can weigh around 1,300kg (2,870lbs). Males can reach up to 2,660kg (5,8860lbs). That's huge!!! The hippos body is barrel-shaped with short legs and log muzzles. But don't let those stubby legs decieve you! Hippos are able to run 30km/h (19 mph) on land over short distances.
The name hippopotamus comes from ancient Greek 'river horse'.
The hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, giving them the myth that they sweat blood. However it is more of a pink color!
An adult hipo needs to resurface about every three to five minutes to breathe. This is an automatic process and they can even do it while sleeping! Isn't that amazing?
Despite having stubby legs, hippos can run 30km/h (19mph) over short distances! Thats fast!!
Hippos don't actually swim, they are very buoyant and more 'skip' through water.
A group of hippos is called a pod, herd, dale, or bloat.
The plural of hippopoptamus is "hippopotamuses" or "hippopotami". "Hippos" can also be used as a short plural!