How Fast Can a Hippo Run?
A hippo can run at speeds up to around 30mph which is about 48.3km/h. The body of a hippo can be anywhere from 2.8-5.2 meters long which is about 9.2-17.1 feet long. Male hippos are usually usually around 3.5 or more meters long. A male hippo is around 3.5-5.2 meters long which is about 11.5-17.1 feet long. A male hippos can be around 1.5 meters tall at the shoulder which is about 4.9 feet tall at the shoulder. As for weight, a male hippo will usually weigh up to around 3,200kg which is about 7,055 pounds. Some male hippos can exceed this weight and end up weighing over 3,600kg which is about 3,937 pounds. A female hippo can weigh up to around 2,350kg which is about 5181 pounds. A male hippo is called a bull and a female hippo is called a cow. On some parts of the hippos body their skin if 5cm thick which is around 2 inches. The hippos have two very long canine teeth at the bottom of their mouths. The lower canines of a hippo can grow up to around 0.3-0.5 meters long which is about 1-1.6 feet long. Hippos secrete an oily red substance which acts as a sunblock and insect repellent. It is thought that this oily red substance might also have anti-biotic properties. Hippos are excellent swimmers and spend a lot time in the water. A hippo can hold its breath for around 5 minutes. Hippos will mostly eat things like grasses. As for diet, a hippo will eat around 35-40kg of grasses a night which is about 77-88 pounds. The eyes, ears, and nose of a hippo are located high on their heads so they can still see, ear, and breath while most of their body is submerged. A hippo will mark its territory with urine and feces. When the hippo marks their territory using feces by spinning their tail while defecating so it gets paddled everywhere. When marking their territory male hippos will usually simultaneously urinate and defecate. The gestation period for a hippo is around 8 months. A hippo will weigh around 45kg when it is born which is about 99 pounds. A hippo calf can close its ears and nostrils to nurse underwater. Female hippos will produce a calf about once every two years. Hippos will live together in groups often referred to as herds. Hippos are preyed on by lions, crocodiles, and hyenas. It is usually the young or sick hippos that are preyed upon. As for lifespan, a hippo will live for around 40-50 years.