The Hippo

All you ever wanted to know about the hippopotamus.

You might know what a Hippo is. Or you might not. But you can still get some interesting facts on Hippos by reading this article. A Hippo can weigh up to 3 1/2 tons(A Ton=about 250 Pounds) . That makes it the 3rd largest living animal alive! With weighing so much it is also 13 ft. Long and 5 ft. Tall. Imagine how big that is! That about double or maybe even triple the size of a human! Hippos usually live in Rivers, swamps and protected areas. And have a life span of about 50 years. Its predators are Humans, lions, crocodiles. A Hippo usually stays under water for about 19-25 minutes. That is a very long time! The average human can hold its breath underwater for 1-5 minutes. Baby Hippos only weigh about 55 to 120 pounds. They must grow a lot if they can grow up to 3 1/2 tons! Even though hippos are so big, all they eat are plants. In one night, a hippo can eat 100 lbs of grass. Hippos are the closet living relative to whales and dolphins. A hippo doesn’t yawn because its tired. It yawns as a threat gesture. A hippo can also run up to 30 MPH and drink up to 56 gallons of water in 24 hours. The Hippopotamus was named by the Greeks and means river horse. I understand why it was named with the word river but why with Horse? I still don’t know why but I do know that it is related to a pig, whale, and dolphins. I guess the Greeks might have thought that it was related to the horse. Well that is all I know about the Hippo for now.

A hippo eating grass.

A hippo in the water.

A hippo yawning. (Remember that’s a threat gesture.)

A hippo under water. (It can hold its breath for up to 25 minutes.)

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  1. Rob Says...

    On March 9, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome Article!


  2. Curtis Says...

    On March 10, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Nice article….. (Rob is the guy who wrote this)


  3. shabam Says...

    On October 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    really good article. hopefully all true, it really helped me on my extra credit for science. thanks!!


  4. Underwood Says...

    On February 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    What article did this come from? LIke did it come from a magazine or something?


  5. jasmine Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    nice detail i love the pics looks soooo reslistic!


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