- Domain Eukarya: The cells have a nucleus, and they can be single celled or multicellular.
- Kingdom Animalia: All animals are multicellular, Heterotrophs, and none are prokaryotes.
- Phylum Chordata: Animals have bilateral symmetry, their digestive system is complete, and have cartilage on their exoskeleton.
- Sub-phylum Vertebrae: This includes reptiles, fishes, birds, mammals, and amphibians and these animals are very muscular.
- Class mammalia: 5,000 species placed in 26 order and most animals live an aquatic life.
- Order Artiodactyla: Species have around 2 to 4 toes on each foot and they live in temperate, tropical, polar, and terrestrial areas.
- Family Hippopotamidae: Their tails are short and tufted and they have huge heads.
- Genus Hippopotamus: This Genus only includes the Hippopotamuses
- Species: Hippopotamusi
- Height: on average, a hippos standing height is about 150-165 cm tall.
- Length: on average, a hippos length is about 209-505 cm + 35 cm because of its tail.
- Weight: on average, a hippos weight is about 1,300-3,200 kg.
- Color: a hippos main color is purple gray or slate color with brownish pink coloring around the ears and eyes and turns orange- red when exposed to the sun.
- Natural Range: a hippos natural range is in rivers throughout the savanna of Africa and the main rivers of Central Africa.
- Diet: a hippo normally eats plant foods such as, leaves, stems, wood, bark, and flowers.
- Habitat Description: the water that hippos swim in range to about 2 meters as they prefer and the land usually inhabits swamps, rivers, and shallow lakes.
- Predators: a hippos known predators are a lion, a hyena, a crocodile, and a human.
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