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Japanese Giant Salamanders
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    milky, sake, spotty, curiosity, sensory, successful, salamander, substance, ashore, natural, especially, feathery, picky, actually, underwater, rarely


Japanese Giant Salamanders
By Vickie Chao
  

1     In Japan, there's a monster lurking in the dark.
 
2     This monster is called the Japanese giant salamander.
 
3     The Japanese giant salamander has a broad head and a huge mouth. Its slimy skin is wrinkled and marked with warts. Its legs are short and chubby. Its body is brownish gray and has dark spots all over it. The animal can grow up to 5 feet long and weigh nearly 55 pounds. It is one of the biggest amphibians in the world!
 
4     If we want to find a Japanese giant salamander out in the wild, we need to know where to look first.
 
5     The Japanese giant salamander likes to live in cold, fast-moving mountain streams. It especially prefers those in the northern Kyushu and western Honshu islands of Japan. This underwater monster rarely comes ashore. During the day, the Japanese giant salamander likes to hide beneath rocks or in caves. At night, it comes out to hunt. But even then, it is still hard for us to actually spot one.

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