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Moles
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.31

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    insect-eating, insectivorous, mole, potentially, spade-like, star-nosed, unintentionally, passion, highly, worldwide, hence, resistance, odds, eyesight, oddest-looking, dilemma
     content words:    North America


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1     Moles live mostly in the dark, underground world. They don't have much need for good eyesight. Their tiny eyes are hidden their dense fur. To make up for their poor vision, moles have highly sensitive hairs around their pointy noses. The hairs allow them to find their way around and to locate prey.
 
2     Moles can maneuver in the dark and sniff out earthworms and insect larvae. They have several other amazing adaptations that make living below the ground very easy. For example, moles' hair is so soft that it can bend forward or backward without resistance. Moles rely on their thick fur coats to stay warm and to keep water and dirt off their skin.
 
3     Since they love digging tunnels, moles have five sharp claws on their spade-like front paws. When moles are ready for action, they turn their front paws outward and push dirt toward their hind legs. Then, they use their hind legs to push them along tunnels or to kick away dirt. To make traveling through these narrow paths easy, moles don't have external ears sticking out that may slow down their progress. Although moles don't have external ears, they have very good hearing.

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