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Gila Monsters

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.69

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     challenging words:    blooded, clumsy, feedings, scaly, meals, deserts, track, someday, eggs, movie, helpful, southwestern, follow, certain, real, life
     content words:    United States, Gila Monsters


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Gila Monsters
By Erin Horner
  

1     If I told you that there was a real life monster that had scaly skin and a mouth full of poison, would you believe me? What if I told you that this monster has strong claws and can swallow its prey whole? Would you believe that this monster really existed? Well you should . . . sort of!
 
2     The monster that I am describing may sound like something from a movie. But it is not. I am talking about a Gila monster. Though their name may sound frightening, Gila monsters are not really monsters at all. They are a type of lizard. Like all reptiles they have scaly skin and are cold blooded. But don't worry; these monsters don't live under your bed or in your closet. They live in the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern United States.

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