Facts about Hippos

June 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’m doing a little research for a new story I’m writing and thought you might find these to be interesting facts about hippos.

  • Hippos can open their mouths up to be 4 feet wide. This is why they look like they are always smiling (and why it is possible for them to swallow a man whole.)  
  • Hippos have an oil in their skin that turns them pink and acts like sunscreen. It also has antibiotic properties which is handy because sometimes Hippos bite each other’s tails off to show dominance.
  • Hippos can listen/communicate above and below water at the same time.
  • Hippos have no natural predators (other than man) and they are endangered.
  • Hippos conceal their nostrils when they go underwater (like a blowhole). This is one of the clues that helped scientists confirm that they are related to whales and not pigs.


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