Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus (or Hippos) are large animals primarily found in Africa. The name Hippopotamus comes from two Greek words that together mean River Horse. They get this name because even though they are large animals, their webbed feet and swimming skills help them travel in water and on land.

Hippos live mainly in and around rivers & lakes. They can hold their breath for about five minutes. An adult hippo can grow to be 12 to 15 feet long and can weigh up to 3,600 kilograms.

Hippos love to eat grass and water plants. The can spends hours searching for food, and even longer resting after a meal. The nutrients in a Hippo’s dung can feed schools of fish in the water.

Generally, Hippos live to be more than 40 years old. They are aggressive animals and are known to attack any animal or humans that get too close.

The only land animals larger than hippos are African & Indian Elephants and Rhinoceroses.