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Meet My Pet Tarantula



Meet My Pet Tarantula
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.01

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     challenging words:    carnivore-a, cephalothorax, flowerpot, parts-a, red-knee, peat, tarantula, flips, aquarium, interesting, bands, beetles, harden, crickets, abdomen, exoskeleton
     content words:    South America, South American, But Terry


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Meet My Pet Tarantula
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Hi! Would you like to meet my pet? She's a tarantula. Tarantulas are large hairy spiders that live in warm parts of the world.
 
2     Don't be afraid. Many people keep tarantulas as pets. In fact, many kids in South America do. They tie a string to one of the tarantula's legs. Then they take their pet for a walk!
 
3     I don't do that, though. I don't think Terry would like a string tied to her leg. Oh, that's my pet's name- Terry the tarantula.
 
4     Terry isn't as big as a South American tarantula. They are the world's largest spiders. Some of them are twelve inches across! They are so big that they eat birds. Some of them even attack chickens and snakes!
 
5     Terry is a Mexican red-knee tarantula. She is only about five inches across. Her body, like all spiders' bodies, has only two main parts-a head, or cephalothorax, and an abdomen. Her body is covered with soft brown hairs. Her tummy or abdomen is black. Her eight legs are long and hairy. They are black and brown with bands of red, orange, and cream. She's beautiful! She can live for up to thirty years.

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