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Rhinoceros Beetles
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.35

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     challenging words:    squashed, lifestyle, mainly, heavily, armor, stage, transform, rhinoceros, ounce, form, resemble, actually, actual, makeover, fact, enter


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1     "Rhinoceros beetles are the world's strongest animals!" This statement may raise some eyebrows! We all know that elephants can carry hundreds or thousands of pounds on their backs. Even camels can carry as much as 300 pounds with ease. If we had rhinoceros beetles carry what camels can on their backs, rhinoceros beetles would surely be squashed! Well, when we talk about how strong an animal is, we are not comparing the actual weight that it can lift. Instead, we are comparing how much an animal can carry related to its own weight. Elephants can carry up to 25% of their own weight on their backs. Camels can carry about 20%. Leaf-cutter ants can carry about 30 times their own weight. But rhinoceros beetles can carry about 850 times their own weight! There's no doubt that rhinoceros beetles are the world's strongest animals!
 
2     Rhinoceros beetles wear black armor. They have long, large horns sticking out of their heads. In fact, they were named for these horns, which resemble those of rhinoceroses. Rhinoceros beetles use their horns for many different things. They use them for digging holes in the ground as hideouts. They use them for foraging through the heavily littered floor of rainforests. They use them for fighting off other rhinoceros beetles. Even though rhinoceros beetles look fierce because of their horns, they are actually harmless insects. Measuring no more than two and a half inches long and weighing less than one ounce, rhinoceros beetles mainly feed on rotten fruits and sap.
 
3     Like all insects, rhinoceros beetles must go .....
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