Hippopotamus • Earth.com

The hippopotamus is a megaherbivore and is exceeded in size among land animals only by elephants and some rhinoceros species. Genetic evidence suggests common hippos in Africa experienced a marked population expansion during or after the Pleistocene, attributed to an increase in water bodies at the end of the era.

Size – 9.5 to 14ft
Weight – 1.5 to 4 tons
Lifespan – Up to 40 years

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