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Sea-Monkeys - One of the World's Smallest Pets



Sea-Monkeys - One of the World's Smallest Pets

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.58

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     challenging words:    brine, species, groom, hatches, seafood, length, resemble, world, pets, fact, scientific, eggs, inch, break, name, people


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Sea-Monkeys - One of the World's Smallest Pets
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     One of the smallest pets in the world is hard to see. In fact, when it hatches, you need a magnifying glass to see it! It is a species of brine shrimp. You will never find this shrimp on the menu at a seafood restaurant. More popularly known as Sea-MonkeysŪ, the scientific name of this pet is Artemia salina x nyos. Sea-MonkeysŪ grow to be about the length of an adult's fingernail. That's one-half to three-fourths of an inch. These tiny shrimp get their name from their long tails, not because they resemble a monkey. They don't. This kind of pet is sold in a kit that comes with a tank, a packet of eggs, a packet of water purifier, and special food. .....
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