Asian Hippopotamus Molar Tooth


Unlike other hippos, the Asiatic hippopotamus has six front teeth (incisors) in each jaw instead of just four, in addition to the tusks. It has its eyes raised high on the skull, but are not quite as high as those of the common hippo.


Asian Hippopotamus Molar Tooth Replica with Root measures 4 inches. Asian Hippopotamus Molar Tooth is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Bahang atae. Pleistocene, from the Kabuh formation, Sangiran, Central Java, Indonesia.

Asian Hippopotamus amphibius or hippo, is a large, mostly herbivorous, semiaquatic mammal and ungulate native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae.

Asian Hippopotamus or Hippopotamus amphibius are recognizable by their barrel-shaped torsos, wide opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, columnar legs and large size; adults average 3,310 lbs. and 2,870 lbs. for males and females respectively.

Asian Hippopotamus or Hippopotamus amphibius inhabit rivers, lakes, and mangrove swamps, where territorial males preside over a stretch of river and groups of five to thirty females and young hippos. During the day, Hippopotamus amphibius remain cool by staying in the water or mud. They emerge at dusk to graze on grasses.

While hippos rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. The Asian Hippopotamus or Hippopotamus amphibius is among the most dangerous animals in the world due to its highly aggressive and unpredictable nature. They are threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.

The hippo’s jaw is powered by a large masseter and a well-developed digastric; the latter loops up behind the former to the hyoid. A moderate folding of the orbicularis oris muscle allows the hippo to achieve such a gape without tearing any tissue.

Hippopotamus amphibius teeth sharpen themselves as they grind together. The lower canines and lower incisors are enlarged, especially in males, and grow continuously. The incisors can reach 1 ft. 4 in., while the canines reach up to 1 ft. 8 in.

The canines and incisors are used for combat and play no role in feeding. Though they are bulky animals, hippos can gallop at 19 mph on land but normally trot. They are incapable of jumping but can climb up steep banks. Despite being semiaquatic and having webbed feet, an adult Asian Hippopotamus amphibius is not a particularly good swimmer nor can it float.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 4 in
Asian Hippopotamus Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Hippopotamidae
Genus: Hippopotamus
Species: H. amphibius
Binomial name: Hippopotamus amphibius
Conservation status: Vulnerable