Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

  • Hippo eyes, ears and nostrils are located at the top of their head, so they are able to see, hear, and breathe while most of their body is under water.
  • Hippo’s have a clear membrane covers and protects their eyes (nictitating membrane) allowing them to see underwater.
  • Hippo nostrils close to keep water out when they drop under water
  • Hippo’s can hold their breath for several minutes
  • Hippos are mostly on the move at night and have excellent night vision