Hippo

AnimalCommon Hippopotamus
Scientific NameHippopotamus amphibious
TypeMammals
DietHerbivore
Lifespan40 years
Size3.3 – 5.2 m length
Weight1360.7 – 3628.7 kg
DomainEukaryota
PhylumChordata
Conservation statusLeast concern > Near threatened >
Vulnerable > Endangered >
Critically endangered > Extinct in the wild >
Extinct
Information

Hippos may look friendly, but they are one of Africa’s most deadly mammals. They kill 500 people a year in Africa.

Hippo groups are led by a large male. The rest of the group consists of young adult males, females, and their calves. The large male controls the mating territory by fending off opponents. Staying submerged in the water keeps hippos chill in the hot area it lives in.

These giant mammals spend 16 hours a day in the water. It’s at dusk where they leave the water and wander up to 8 kilometers in search of grass to eat. They can 68 kilograms at once. Hippos can run at speed of 48 kilometers an hour in short bursts.

Hippos are excellent swimmers. The nose, eyes, and ears are at the top of its head so they stick out of the water while the rest of the body and head are submerged. This allows hippos to breath, hear, and see. When hippos go fully under water, the nose and ears automatically close so tight so that water can’t get in. They can walk on the bottom of rivers and lakes. They can hold their breath for five minutes.

Hippos have calves one time for every two years. Newborn hippos weigh 45.3 kilograms at birth. The mom and the baby soon join groups providing protection against predators: lions, hyenas, and crocodiles.

You can find this animal in the Sub-Saharan Africa where it’s hot. When hippos gather tightly together during the hot season, tempers begin rising.

Thank you for reading this article.

[New: Read about the 57,000 year old wolf pup buried under ice that was recently discovered, Read about the worlds only white puma caught on camera] You might also like:

Cheetah

Cheetahs are well known for their speed and can be found in Africa’s savannahs and deserts. It is the only big cat that has no ability to roar…

Honeybee

There are three classes of honeybees: the queen, the workers, and the drones. Most often, a single queen is living in the hive and it lays eggs for new bees to be born…

Read more about hippos on Hippopedia

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s