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Hippopotamus Information

General Description: can weigh up to 7,000 pounds; it is the second largest land mammal

Habitat: rivers and lakes, forests

Behavior: the common hippo lives in groups, while the pygmy hippo lives solitary

Diet: grass and some water plants

Reproduction: gestation period is 8 months, one calf is born underwater

Interesting Facts: hippos live up to 49 years in captivity