Content being validated
A sensitive skin to dehydration
Hippos spend the hottest hours of the day in water. Indeed, their skin is made of a thin epidermis, very sensitive to dehydration. When the animal stays exposed to the sun for too long, the mucous glands of its skin produce a kind of red liquid that acts as a protection. This is also a first warning for this animal, before its skin starts crackling. An excessive exposure to the sun, without hydration, for instance in case of drought, may be fatal.
Read More
Related content

Media currently exploring