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HIPPOPOTAMUS
The name comes from the ancient Greek for "river horse". Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. The common hippopotamus is the third-largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl after the elephant and rhinoceros. 

Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Hippopotamidae Genus: Hippopotamus Species: H. amphibius Binomial nameHippopotamus amphibius
Common hippos are recognisable by their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, columnar legs and large size; adults average 1,500 kg (3,310 lb) and 1,300 kg (2,870 lb) for males and females respectively. Male hippos appear to continue growing throughout their lives while females reach maximum weight at around age 25. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it is capable of running 30 km/h (19 mph) over sho…

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