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Exotic Critters

Hippopatamus

Hippos are social are social animals that live in groups of 10 to 20 or more. Their bodies are adapted to life in the water – their eyes, ears and noses are set on top of the headand their glands secrete a sticky pink fluid that protects their skin from exposure to water and sun. When threatened by a predator or a rival, a hippo will display its enormous teeth by opening its jaw wide in an attempt to deter the threat. The canine teeth in a hippo’s lower jaw can measure up to 20 inches long and inflict fatal wounds.