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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus amphibius

Description:

Hippopotamuses are among the largest living mammals; only elephants and some rhinoceroses and whales are heavier. They can live in the water or on land. Their specific gravity allows them to sink and walk or run along the bottom of a river. Hippos are considered megafauna, but unlike all other African megafauna, hippos have adapted for a semi-aquatic life in freshwater lakes and rivers.[10] Because of their enormous size, hippopotamuses are difficult to weigh in the wild. Most estimates of the weight come from culling operations that were carried out in the 1960s. The average weights for adult males ranged between 1,500–1,800 kg (3,300–4,000 lb). Females are smaller than their male counterparts, with average weights measuring between 1,300–1,500 kg (2,900–3,300 lb).[10] Older males can get much larger, reaching at least 3,200 kg (7,100 lb) and occasionally weighing 4,500 kg (9,900 lb).[26][27] Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives; females reach a maximum weight at around age 25.[28]

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2 Comments

July Llanes
July Llanes 9 years ago

Thanks Karen! I think these Hippos need a dentist. lol

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great series July!

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Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 13, 2008
Submitted on Jan 19, 2012

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