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What do you need to know about the Hippo?
Get ready to meet one of natures most powerful animals with our ten facts about the hippopotamus 1) Hippos are large semi-aquatic mammals, with a large barrel-shaped body, short legs, a short tail and an enormous head! They have greyish to muddy-brown skin, which fades to a pale pink colour underneath.
How many species of hippos are there in the world?
There are two species of hippos the large/common hippo and the smaller relative, the pygmy hippo. Hippos are the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos.
How are hippos and Horses related and how are they related?
Hippopotamuses ( Hippopotamus amphibiu s) are large, round, water-loving animals that are native to Africa. The word "hippopotamus" comes from the Greek word for "water horse" or "river horse," although hippos and horses aren't closely related. The closest living relatives to hippos are pigs, whales and dolphins, according to the San Diego Zoo.
How big is a hippo compared to an elephant?
Hippos are very rotund animals and are the third largest living land mammals, after elephants and white rhinos, according to Animal Planet. They grow to between 10.8 and 16.5 feet (3.3 to 5 meters ...