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How Much Does a Grown Hippo Weigh? Hippo In Water

There are two species of hippopotamus, the Large Hippo and the Pygmy Hippo.

A full-grown Large Hippo or Common Hippo (
Hippopotamus amphibius) can weigh as much as 4 tons and grow to a size of 4 meters in length and a height of 1.4 meters (measured up to its shoulder).

A full-grown, appropriately-named Pygmy Hippo (Choeropsis liberiensis) may weigh as much as 270 kg and grow to a size of 1.5 meters in length and a height of 0.8 meters (again, measured up to its shoulder).

Did You Know?

> Young hippos can only stay under water for about half a minute, but adults can stay submerged up to six minutes.

Much of the information provided on this page may be found on the following websites.  Please visit them to learn more about hippos and to learn what you may be able to do to help preserve the precious hippo populations that remain.

National Geographic (specifically the facts page provided by "Young Peoples Trust for the Environment")

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