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Shrews
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.77

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     challenging words:    hence, insectivores, killing, metabolism, shrew, thumbnail, trivial, white-toothed, devour, various, wintertime, unique, echolocation, mammal, pygmy, bats


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Shrews
By Vickie Chao
  

1     Shrews are small and cute. But they are also very aggressive! From the moment they wake up, they scurry around looking for things to eat. They eat nuts and seeds. They eat worms and insects. And, at times, they even eat other shrews! To them, size is a trivial concern. Large or small, it does not matter. The only thing they care about is if they can get a hold of it and devour it!
 
2     Why do shrews have to spend so much time eating?
 
3     The reason is that they have a very high metabolism. If they don't eat fast enough, they starve! To satisfy their appetites, they must eat their own weight in food every day. They cannot afford to take a break, other than the few hours they spend sleeping. Even in the wintertime, they have to come out to look for things to eat. They do not hibernate like many other animals do.

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