Archive for December, 2012

Tropical fish live in warm water

December 31, 2012 1:13 pm

Have you seen bright yellow fish with black spots? How about colorful blue fish with red stripes? Tropical fish come in brilliant colors and beautiful patterns. WHERE DO TROPICAL FISH LIVE? Tropical fish live in warm water. Most kinds of tropical fish live in salty ocean water. Some kinds live in freshwater lakes and rivers. Tropical fish […]

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A tiger’s short fur

December 30, 2012 1:12 pm

They can move silently through the forest. They can kill a huge wild boar with a single bite. Their roar sends shivers down your spine. They are perhaps the perfect killing machines. They are tigers. TIGERS ARE HUGE CATS Tigers are members of the cat family. Lions, leopards, cheetahs, and house cats are also members of […]

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The starfish moves along

December 29, 2012 1:10 pm

Try to picture an animal that is almost all mouth and arms. Its arms are covered with feet, and it has no brain. This strange and wonderful sea animal is called a starfish. Another name for starfish is sea star. The starfish is not a fish. It is an echinoderm. Starfish and other echinoderms have sharp, hard spines […]

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squirrels hibernate in winter

December 28, 2012 1:10 pm

You often see them perched on park benches, scampering up trees, or dashing across telephone wires. They are small, furry rodents known as squirrels. Squirrels often have large eyes and long, bushy tails. They live in almost every part of the world. There are more than 270 species (kinds) of […]

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let a spider run alive!

December 27, 2012 1:08 pm

“If you want to live and thrive, let a spider run alive!” That is an old English saying that means not killing spiders will bring you good luck. There is also a myth that killing a spider will bring bad weather. Letting a spider live won’t bring you good luck or good weather. But scientists say there is […]

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Snakes live almost everywhere in the world

December 26, 2012 1:07 pm

Put yourself in the place of a harmless snake. You’re just lying in the grass, minding your own business, when suddenly a great big foot comes crashing down right next to your head. You take off through the grass like greased lightning. In the distance someone screams, “Snake!” Which one should be more afraid, […]

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Remember Mary’s little lamb

December 25, 2012 1:05 pm

Remember Mary’s little lamb? It followed her everywhere. Lambs follow their mothers. If a newborn lamb loses its mother, it will form a bond with a human being who adopts it. Just like Mary’s lamb, it will try to tag after its human parent. Lambs are baby sheep. LIVING IN FLOCKS Tame sheep are usually […]

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Seals are excellent swimmers

December 24, 2012 1:02 pm

Can you bend over backward and touch your nose to your feet? Can you hold your breath underwater for two hours? Can you dive hundreds of feet in icy water? Of course you can’t. You’re not a seal. WHAT ARE SEALS? Seals live in the ocean, but they breathe air just as dogs, whales, and you do. Like […]

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Rhinoceroses are known for the horns on their noses

December 23, 2012 12:56 pm

Rhinoceroses are known for the horns on their noses. The name rhinoceros comes from two words that mean “nose” and “horn.” They use their horns to defend themselves. The largest rhinoceros horn on record was 5 feet (1.6 meters) long! HOW BIG IS A RHINOCEROS? People often compare the rhinoceros, or rhino, to a tank. […]

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Reptiles have to find sunny spots to keep warm

December 22, 2012 12:55 pm

Do you like to lie in the sun in the summertime? What if you had to stay in the hot sun just to keep your body warm? What if you had to stretch out on hot rocks just to keep from freezing? Reptiles have to find sunny spots to keep warm. They need shady spots to cool off. […]

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A sea horse is not really a horse

December 21, 2012 12:59 pm

A sea horse is not really a horse. It’s a small fish with a head that resembles that of a horse. Most sea horses are tiny. In fact, the common sea horse, the biggest kind of sea horse, is only about 5 inches (13 centimeters) long. Sea horses are some of the strangest looking fish. A sea horse has […]

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pigs usually keep themselves cleaner

12:49 pm

Pigs live on farms and roll around in mud. That’s why many people think pigs are dirty animals. But pigs roll in mud to cool off in hot weather, not to get dirty. In fact, pigs usually keep themselves cleaner than most other farm animals. Pigs are smarter than other farm animals. People even keep some kinds […]

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Pets are fun, but they also do work

12:48 pm

They may be cuddly, playful, and fun. They can delight us with their grace and beauty. They’re part of our families. Sometimes, they’re our best friends. It’s easy to see why people love their pets! THE MOST POPULAR PETS More than half of the homes in the United States have a pet. Cats and dogs are the most […]

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Penguins have a funny waddle

12:46 pm

Would you put on your bathing suit and jump into icy water? Would you slide down a snowy hill on your bare stomach? Imagine how cold that would feel! You would freeze. Penguins, however, do this all the time. Penguins swim in cold water. They slide on their bellies over ice and snow. WHAT […]

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Octopuses and squid are mollusks

12:45 pm

Long ago, sailors told scary tales about sea monsters with many long arms. The terrible creatures wrapped their arms around ships and pulled them under the sea. Stories about big sea monsters are just legends. But sea creatures with many long arms are for real. Perhaps the best-known of these creatures are octopuses. An octopus […]

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