Tropical fish live in warm water

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 swim in waters off the […]

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A tiger’s short fur

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 the cat family. Tigers are […]

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The starfish moves along

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 sticking up from their skin. […]

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squirrels hibernate in winter

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 squirrels. They range in size […]

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let a spider run alive!

“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 no good reason to kill […]

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Remember Mary’s little lamb

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 gentle animals. They like to […]

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Seals are excellent swimmers

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 those animals, seals are mammals. […]

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A sea horse is not really a horse

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 big eyes and a long, […]

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pigs usually keep themselves cleaner

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 of pigs as pets. But […]

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Pets are fun, but they also do work

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 popular pets. One out of […]

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Penguins have a funny waddle

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 ARE PENGUINS? Penguins are birds. They have wings, […]

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Octopuses and squid are mollusks

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 has a soft, rounded body […]

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