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Dino Defense Strategies
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.22

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     challenging words:    attackers, flesh, literally, meat-eaters, rifles, sauropod, sauropods, strategy, unprotected, whip-like, flick, eaters, bony, stomp, tearing, whack
     content words:    Mark Goodwin


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Dino Defense Strategies
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Dinosaurs couldn't take karate classes or shoot rifles. They couldn't hold shields or wear bullet proof vests. So how did they defend themselves from all those jagged Jurassic claws and sharp teeth? Dinosaurs used many different strategies. A dinosaur's best defense depended on the stuff he was born with. Their main goals were to eat, reproduce, and just stay alive!
 
2     Some dinosaurs used their size. Sauropods were some of the biggest creatures who ever lived. But it was pretty risky for them to try to fight. After all, their teeth were made for crushing plants. They weren't for tearing flesh. However, they had long necks and big, fat legs. They were so big that only a herd of meat-eaters could bother them.
 
3     One sauropod "superhero" was the Supersaurus. They were 50 feet high. They were 125 feet long. They weighed 50 tons. They had legs like pillars. So they could stomp on their attackers! Many sauropods also had a sharp claw on each front foot. While they were stomping they were also slashing! Even so, most plant eaters tried to stay extra alert to simply avoid enemies. They didn't like surprises!

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