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Kangaroos
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.83

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bettongs, boomers, jargon, kangarooFlyer, kangarooJoey, kangaroosBoomer, kick-boxing, potoroos, assistance, contestant, parental, encounter, breed, merely, pregnant, species
     content words:    New Guinea, When European


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1     Kangaroos are amazing animals! They have a pair of muscular hind legs that can be 10 times larger than their front legs. They have a long, strong tail that they use for balancing when they move around. They don't run, but they hop swiftly. With a top speed of 40 miles per hour, they can cover a distance of over 30 feet and reach a height of more than 10 feet in a single jump!
 
2     There are over 50 different species of kangaroos. They can be divided into two groups: large and small. Large kangaroos include red kangaroos, gray kangaroos, and wallabies. Red kangaroos are the biggest of any kangaroo. They can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh over 200 pounds! Small kangaroos include bettongs, rat kangaroos, and potoroos.
 
3     Kangaroos are found in a variety of environments. Most of them live in grasslands or open woodlands. They can only be found in Australia, New Guinea, and neighboring islands like Tasmania. Grass, leaves, and herbs are the diet for most kangaroo species.

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