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Body

Habitat

Food

Life Cycle

Fun Facts

Body

Hippopotamuses are
mammals. They weigh
4,000 to 8,000 pounds
(1,800 to 3,600 kilograms).
Hippos have wide mouths.
They use their large teeth
to fight off predators.

Habitat

Hippos live near rivers
and lakes in Africa.
They spend most of the day
in the water or mud.
At night, hippos leave
the water to eat.

Food

Every day, hippos spend
up to six hours eating.
They eat more than
80 pounds (36 kilograms)
of grass each day.

Life Cycle

A baby hippo
is called a calf.
Calves are born underwater.
They can swim soon
after they are born.
Hippos may live
to be 40 years old.

Fun Facts

  • Hippopotamus means
    "river horse."
  • Hippos can run 14 miles
    (23 kilometers) per hour.
  • Hippo teeth grow
    up to 20 inches (51
    centimeters) long.

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