Fun Hippopotamus Facts for Kids

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  • Scientific Name is Hippopotamus Amphibius-meaning River Horse
  • Hippo’s are the 3rd largest land mammal after the elephant and the rhino
  • A hippo can be 12 feet long and 5 feet tall.  They can weigh 3 1/2 tons!
  • Did you know that a hippo can open their mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot child inside!
  • There are 2 types of Hippos.  The Common Hippo and the Pygmy Hippo.
  • Hippo’s live in East Africa South of the Sahara.
  • They are herbivorous-meaning they don’t eat meat.
  • A hippos main diet consists of grass.
  • Hippos eat 150 pounds of grass everyday!
  • Hippos are a semi-aquatic animal meaning they spend a lot of the time in the water.
  • Hippo’s do not have sweat glands so they spend a lot of time in the water to stay cool.
  • A hippo can hold their breath for 5-6 minutes.
  • A mother gives birth to her baby underwater.
  • A male hippo is called a Bull.
  • A female hippo is called a cow.
  • A baby hippo is called a calf.
  • The lifespan for a hippo is 50 years.
  • Hippos live in herds of 10-30 hippos.
  • Hippos can be aggressive.
  • They are considered a dangerous animal in Africa.
  • Hippos can be very territorial and will fight with other hippos over territory.
  • A hippos predators are humans, lions and crocodiles.