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Big Mouth

Big Mouth
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Copyright: Agoes SK (wieyos) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon Powershots A640
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-01 3:11
Viewed: 1486
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This BIG-MOUTH hippopotamus wishes every TL members, “Happy New Year 2008!”. As he does not feel like giving a zoology lecture, he asks the class to go into thebigzoo.com where they can find the following useful brief note for the exam. hehehehe.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Hippopotamidae
Genus: Hippopotamus
Species: amphibius

Height: 60 inches
Length: 156 - 180 inches
Weight: 4000 - 8000 lbs
Gestation: 224 - 259 days
Offspring: 1 - 2
Life Span: 20 - 40 years
Top Speed (Ground): 20 mph

The name hippopotamus means "river horse". The hippopotamus is an extremely large creature with a round body, short legs, and a big, broad head. They are brownish gray on top and a light pink color underneath. The hippopotamus has its ears, nose, and eyes positioned on the top of its head so it can remain submerged and still keep track of what is going on around it. Hippopotamuses spend most of the day in the water and secrete a pink, oily substance that acts as a sunscreen. When it submerges it closed its nostrils and its ears so water won't get in. The hippopotamus is very buoyant and has no trouble getting around underwater. A hippopotamus can stay underwater for about 15 minutes. It is a toss up whether the hippopotamus is the second largest land animal (it could be the rhinoceros instead.)

The hippopotamus is herbivorous. They come out of the water at night to graze and can eat up to 100 pounds of vegetation in one night. Hippopotamuses will often travel up to six miles from their watering hole to find something to eat.

The hippopotamus is found in West and East Central Africa. They inhabit the rivers and lakes throughout the grassland portions of this area.

Hippopotamuses live in groups of 15 or more animals. These groups are primarily females and their young headed up by a dominant male. There may also be some inferior males in these groups. The hippopotamus is territorial and once it establishes its territory it will attempt to chase off any interlopers . When a hippopotamus opens its mouth very wide it may be trying to scare a potential rival away by showing off its canine teeth. These teeth can be 20 inches long. During a fight, male hippopotamuses will ram each other with their mouths open using there heads as sledgehammers, which brings their canines into play, and using their lower jaw to throw water at each other.

Hippopotamuses give birth to one calf after an 8-month gestation period. A female hippopotamus will go off by herself to have her baby. She will then stay away from the herd for anywhere from 10 to 44 days. The baby hippopotamus is born alive and underwater. Its first act is to swim to the surface so it can breath. The mother hippopotamus takes care of her calf, nursing it underwater and occasionally giving it a ride on her back. Female hippopotamuses will also watch over groups of calves.

Senses The hippopotamus has excellent hearing, sight, and smell.


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Hello Lensa Kanta,
Happy New 2008. Awesome shot! How do you get this close - almost biting the lens it seems. Excellent details and clarity - Now go get the toothbrush!
All the best.

Big hurrah for this greeting post.
Nice shot, I can see details on the BIG-MOUTH. Clear and sharp.

Very creative introduction. Thank you for sharing,

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-01-02 6:04]

Nice shot! I could not detect if this hippo is from a zoo, or safari, even at this close, but that does not affect my view of his sharp details and unusual pose. Great work. TFS


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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-01-08 18:28]
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great post. sharp and with great details. never see hippo mouth in such a close distance. tfs. may i know where you taken this picture?

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