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  Grassland Animals
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American bison
aardvark
ant
anteater
antelope
boa
cheetah
cricket
elephant
giraffe
grasshopper
hippopotamuses
hyena
kangaroo
llama
ostrich
rhinoceroses
termite
vulture
warthog
zebra
 
 


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1.   This is the world's largest bird. It cannot fly, but it runs really fast!

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2.   Found only in Africa, this animal is a member of the horse family. It is most recognizable by its black and white stripes.

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3.   This animal has a long mouth and a sticky tongue that can be flicked in and out rapidly. It first uses its powerful front legs and long claws to break open ant and termite nests. Then, it uses its tongue to scoop up ants and termites from their broken nests.

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4.   This animal group has hoofed toes and hollow horns. Members of this animal group are fast runners and good jumpers. Gazelles, impalas, common elands, oryx, and puku all belong to this animal group.

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5.   Related to the grasshopper, this insect loves singing by rubbing rough patches on its wings together or by rubbing its back legs against its wings. It is an excellent leaper, thanks to its powerful back legs.

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6.   This thick-skin animal has short legs and a barrel-shaped body. It has one or two horns mainly used for threatening enemies. This animal is also one of the largest land animals on Earth.

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7.   Carrying heavy loads of goods, this animal can climb steep mountain paths at ease. People of the Andes Mountains of South America have used this animal as a means of transportation for more than 4,000 years.

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8.   This animal is the fastest short-distance runner in the world. This member of the cat family has a yellow fur dotted with black patches.

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9.   This mammal, found only in Africa and Asia, is the largest land animal. Even though this animal is very big, it is a vegetarian! It has two large, flat ears and a long trunk.

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10.   The nest of this insect is a large mound with chimneys that tower high above the ground. Its favorite food is wood! It is a household pest because a group of this insect can eat away our furniture or even house.

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11.   This animal has long, powerful hind legs. It hops across the Australian grassland. The baby of this animal is safely guarded in its mother's pouch.

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12.   This snake family is not poisonous. Like pythons, members of this snake family wrap their muscular bodies around their prey and squeeze the victim to death! Unlike pythons, members of this snake family do not lay eggs. Instead, they give birth to live young.

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13.   Found only in the African grassland, this animal loves eating ants! It has a long snout, a pig-like body, and a pair of long, rabbit-like ears. We also call this animal "ant bear." This animal is famous for its ability to dig tunnels. Its underground home can cover an area as large as 2 square miles and a single tunnel can be more than 33 feet long!

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14.   This insect family is closely related to crickets. All members in this family (such as locusts) have two options when they want to escape from danger: fly or jump.

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15.   This tiny insect is known for its great strength of carrying objects much heavier than its own weight. It lives in highly organized societies called colonies - the queen is in charge of laying eggs; her mates do not carry any significant social roles other than mating with the queen, and the workers are responsible for fetching food and running errands.

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16.   This animal has a sloping back because it has large, muscular front legs and smaller hind legs. It has a powerful jaw, and it is a meat eater. Active at night, this animal often eats carcasses of animals killed by other predators like lions.

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17.   This African wild pig has a large head and four short, sharp tusks. When it runs, it holds its tail straight and upright. This wild pig has long, dark brown hair running halfway down its back. Although it has a scary look, this animal actually feeds on grass, roots, and barks.

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18.   Also known as the American buffalo, this animal is the largest and heaviest land animal in North America. It has a humped back and a pair of short horns pointing upward. Despite its bulking size, this animal actually runs pretty fast - its top speed is about 37 miles per hour!

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19.   This mammal is the tallest animal on land. It has a very long neck, and it can eat leaves and twigs not reachable by other animals.

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20.   This African mammal spends a lot of time resting in the water. It has short legs and a bulky, barrel-shaped body. This animal is an excellent swimmer and diver. It is also one of the heaviest animals on land.

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21.   This bird looks like an eagle. However, it has a strange habit of eating dead or decaying animals.

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22.   This animal is the king of beasts!

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