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Two species

There are two species of hippos in the world: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo. 1)

Lots of water

They live in areas with lots of water because they spend most of their time underwater to keep their skin cold and moist. 2)

Can't swim

Although hippos are in the water for much of their lives, they cannot swim. They walk or stand on surfaces underwater. 3)

Seven minutes

Hippos can hold their breath for about seven minutes. 4)


Hippos secrete an oily red substance that acts as a moisturizer, and sunblock, and protects them from germs. 5)

Locking nostrils

Hippos can close their nostrils and ears to prevent water from entering. 6)

River horse

The name Hippopotamus comes from the ancient Greek for “river horse.” 7)

Can outrun people

Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun most people. 8)

Social animals

Hippos are social animals, residing in groups of usually 10 to 30 members, including both females and males, although some groups have as many as 200 individuals. 9)


By opening its mouth, the hippo marks its territory and warns others against trespassing. 10)


The hippopotamus lives up to 40 years. 11)

Third largest land mammal

The hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal right after the elephant and the white rhinoceros. 12)


Hippo fossils have even turned up as far north as England. 13)

150 lbs

Hippos can eat 150 lbs of grass each night. 14)


The hippo is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. 15)

hippopotamus.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/30 06:34 by aga