interesting facts about Hippopotamuses

16 Fun Facts about Hippopotamuses

A Hippopotamus may look cute and cuddly, but there’s far more to these majestic beasts than meets the eye. Take a look at these fun facts about Hippos and you’ll never look at them the same way again.

  1. Hippopotamuses dark brown skin fades to pink underneath.
  2. They get so hot that they spend most of their day cooling down in lakes and rivers with just their eyes and nose above the waterline.
  3. As they sweat they secrete a red oil which protects them from sunburn and blistering.

facts about Hippos

  1. A male hippo can measure 3.5 m long by 1.5 m tall and weigh anything up to 3,200 kg.
  2. This makes them the second largest land animal alive today, second only to the elephant.
  3. Whilst they used to be all over sub-saharan Africa, today they’re largely confined to a small number of protected areas in the East.
  1. They like to eat at night when it’s cooler and can easily chomp their way through 35 kg of grass in one sitting.
  2. Hippos are strong swimmers and can easily hold their breath for 5 minutes.
  3. When they’re underwater their ears and nostrils fold shut to keep every drop of water out.

Facts about Hippos

  1. A single dominant male can command a herd of up to 20 other hippos.
  2. The other males in the group will typically be non breeding males, with the majority of the herd made up of the dominant male’s female mates and associated offspring.
  3. When the dominant male wants to warn off challengers he opens his mouth fully to display his sharp teeth and lets out a series of loud grunts. He will also splash violently in the water.
  1. Female hippos will typically give birth every 2 years.
  2. A wild hippopotamus will typically live for at least 40 years.

Hippo Facts

  1. When hippos defecate they swing their tails from side to side to scatter their droppings and mark their territory.
  2. Strangely, hippo remains were found underneath Trafalgar Square!

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