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There are two varieties of hippo: the pygmy hippo and the
Hippos roam free only in
Why does a hippo's skin ooze a sticky pink fluid?
To protect the skin from sunburn
To discourage predators
To make them attractive to other hippos
Hippos are herbivores. This means
they eat only meat.
they eat only plants.
they eat both meat and plants.
Like elephant tusks, a hippo's canine teeth
break very easily.
can weigh more than 12 pounds each.
keep growing throughout the animal's life.
Do hippo mothers ever let their babies out of their sight?
No. They guard them at all times.
Yes. Sometimes babies are left in "nurseries" to be guarded by other hippos.
Yes. Hippos sometimes leave their babies alone on shore while they swim.
Which of these is a product people have made from hippo parts?
Hippos spend most of their time
in the water.
Common hippos can weigh several thousand pounds, but pygmy hippos
are the size of a German shepherd.
are the size if a poodle.
are the size of a large hog.
What is one difference between pygmy and common hippos?
Pygmy hippos have eyes on the sides of their heads, while common hippos have eyes on top.
Common hippos can breathe underwater and pygmy hippos can't.
Pygmy hippos are much larger.
Which of theses animals eats more than a hippo?
Almost all hippos have scars from
scratching too hard.
near-misses with predators.
What is the first thing a baby hippo learns to do?
In the wild, hippos live
20 to 40 years.
15 to 20 years.
10 to 15 years.
When resting in the water, hippos often look like
Adult hippos can stay underwater
for an hour.
for half an hour.
for 5 or 6 minutes.
When grazing, hippos grab grass with their
When fighting, hippos bite and slosh water. What else do they do?
They hit their heads together.
They back up and run at each other from a great distance.
They circle each other for hours.
Young hippos are prey for
elephants and giraffes.
lions and leopards.
The common hippo is the ______ land mammal on earth.
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