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Unusual Mammals: Marsupials & Monotremes

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Unusual Mammals: Marsupials & Monotremes
Print Unusual Mammals: Marsupials & Monotremes Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.8

     challenging words:    wondrous, outright, lengthy, bandicoots, earless, long-beaked, monotreme, short-beaked, soft-shelled, hairless, offspring, monotremes, definition, vertebrate, comparison, warm-blooded
     content words:    Land Down Under, North America

Unusual Mammals: Marsupials & Monotremes   

1     Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrate animals with hair that feed their young with milk. Most mammals (such as lions and rodents) give birth to live young that look like smaller versions of their parents. Others rear their offspring differently. Scientists divide these other mammals into two groups: marsupials and monotremes. Oddly, Australia is home to most of these unique mammals. Almost all marsupials live in Australia. All monotremes live on this small continent that we nicknamed the Land Down Under.
2     So, what animals are marsupials? What animals are monotremes? And what makes marsupials and monotremes exceptional?
3     Of nearly 300 marsupial species, kangaroos and koalas are the most famous marsupials. They are also symbols of Australia. Opossums (found in North America), wombats, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils are a few more marsupials. Marsupials give birth to live young, but they do so at a very early stage of the embryo's development. In other words, baby marsupials are not yet fully formed when they are born.

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