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Horned Lizards
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.89

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     challenging words:    sunbathe, attackers, ultimate, odd-looking, therefore, mainly, strategy, equally, additional, horn-like, unexpected, natural, fail, such, possible, defense
     content words:    United States, Central America


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Horned Lizards   

1     Horned lizards are odd-looking reptiles! Unlike most lizards, horned lizards have wide, flattened bodies and blunt snouts that make them look more like toads than lizards. In fact, "horned toads" or "horny toads" are their other nicknames, even though horned lizards are not related to toads at all! There are 15 different species of horned lizards. All of them have horn-like spines on their bodies. Most of them live in the United States. Some find their homes in southern Canada or Central America. Horned lizards prefer hot, dry homes. Hence, deserts are where most horned lizards can be found.
 
2     Horned lizards mainly feed on ants. They also eat small animals such as grasshoppers, spiders, and beetles. Horned lizards have two different hunting methods. Sometimes, they patrol in an open area looking for food. Other times, they just wait for their victims to come nearby. With a quick flick of their tongues, horned lizards snap up prey and swallow it whole.
 
3     Many animals have their eyes on horned lizards. Their natural enemies include hawks, snakes, roadrunners, coyotes, or other lizards. To avoid ending up in other animals' stomachs, horned lizards have several self-defense approaches.

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