The hippopotamus is a mammalian animal weighing between 2,600 and 3,500 kg. A length of 5 meters and a height of 1.50 meters, it lives near water, in rivers, lakes, wetlands. Its worst enemies are: the crocodile, and mainly the human. More lists of animal curiosities:
It feeds only on herbs
They spend most of the day in the water
In short distances it reaches up to 48 km / h
They live in small herds of no more than ten to fifteen specimens
Despite this, herds of more than one hundred individuals have been seen in very favorable areas. Although also some males prefer to live alone.
They almost completely lack hair
They have very soft skin, which is extremely delicate.
They are extremely territorial in the water
Each male controls a strip of the river
Its gestation is between 210 and 250 days
They have a baby by birth
They are more related to whales than with another land animal
Small birds are responsible for removing insects from their skin
Like the herons
His fangs grow continuously throughout his life
It is the animal that causes more deaths in Africa
The fights between them are very violent, but rarely end with death
Sometimes yawning as a gesture of threat
While they yawn they show their long and powerful canines of their lower jaw.
On land it is clumsy and heavy, the opposite of when it is in the water
The open mouth of a hippo can reach a meter
His fangs are more valued than those of elephants
Since these do not turn yellowish over time.
They get to live up to 50 years in the wild
They are so large and heavy that they easily walk on the bottoms of rivers and lakes
Their young are born underwater
If their fangs break they grow back
His name means "river horse"
The ears and nostrils automatically close underwater
You can stay up to five minutes underwater, without drowning
They do not sweat. They exude a red oil
This oil protects your skin. This red liquid gave birth to the myth that hippos sweat blood.