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Kids will love learning about their favorite animal species by reading these interesting articles. We have scores of articles covering all types of animals, from aardvarks to zebras.

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Mammals

Aardvarks Member

Even though it is sometimes called earth pigs, aardvarks aren't really related to pigs at all.

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Armadillos Member

Learn about the armored mammals called armadillos, which can be found in various areas throughout North and South America.

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Bats Member

While most bats eat insects, there is one type of bat- the vampire bat- the drinks blood. Most bats are nocturnal, but do you know why?

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Beavers Member

This article contains a list of common beaver questions, such as "What's the difference between a beaver lodge and a beaver dam?" Read to find out how much beavers weigh, what they eat, where they live, and more.

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Bighorn Sheep Member

Bighorn Sheep have horns that weigh up to 30 pounds. Males will battle by ramming each other in the head.

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Camels Member

Learn why camels have humps, how their coat helps them to survive, and other interesting camel facts.

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Capybara Member

Learn about our planet's largest species of rodent, the capybara.

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Cheetahs Member

Cheetahs are the fastest land animals in the world, but even cheetahs have to be on the lookout for other predators.

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Chipmunks Member

Discover what's unusual about a chipmunk's cheeks, along with other interesting chipmunk facts.

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Dolphins and Porpoises Member

Learn how dolphins and porpoises are alike, and how they're different. This article includes a question page, a Venn diagram, and a vocabulary activity.

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Elephant Seals Member

Find out why these strange animals are called elephant seals and learn about their unusual hunting habits.

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Fennec Fox Free

The bushy-tailed, big-eared fennec fox in an amazing species that is adapted to live in desert climates.

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Flying Squirrel Member

Did you know that flying squirrels can't actually fly? They glide from tree to tree, using a furry membrane like a parachute.

Groundhog or Woodchuck? Member

Did you know groundhogs are great swimmers?  And they can climb trees too!  They can also bark and whistle.  Learn these and many more interesting facts about groundhogs in this article.

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Hedgehogs Member

Discover everything you wanted to know about spiny hedgehogs.

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Honey Badgers Member

The honey badger is arguably the most fearless animal on Earth. It eats porcupines and venomous snakes, raids beehives for honey, kidnaps baby cheetahs, and steals food from hungry lions.

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Hyenas Member

Hyenas are neither cats nor dogs, but in a family all their own. These fierce scavengers gobble up leftovers left by other animals.

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Jaguars Member

Discover how jaguars live and hunt, and learn why these beautiful animals are endangered.

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Koalas Member

The cutest mammals in Australia actually have very sharp claws and they spend more time asleep than they do awake.

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Llamas Member

Llamas are are very helpful to man.  They work as pack animals that carry heavy goods.  They also provide wool for clothing.  Some even help ranchers protect their sheep from coyotes.

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Mandrills Member

Mandrills, with their bright blue and red noses, are perhaps the most colorful mammals in the world.

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Muntjac (Barking Deer) Member

Have you ever heard of a barking deer? If you visit South America you may see muntjacs - small deer that like dogs.

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Narwhals Member

Narwhals are sometimes called "Unicorns of the Sea," but do you know why? It's because they have a nine-foot tusk that looks like a unicorn's horn.

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Orcas (Killer Whales) Member

Orcas, or killer whales, are known as wolves of the sea because of their hunting practices.

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Platypus Member

Learn about the unusual life of world's strangest-looking mammal.

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Polar Bears Member

Discover how polar bears have adapted to live in the Arctic.

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Polecats Member

Learn about the weasel-like animal known as the polecat.

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It rattles like a rattlesnake and it it gives off a fowl odor like a skunk.  What is it?  A porcupine!

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Red Kangaroos Member

Learn all about the red kangaroo, the world's largest marsupial.

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Skunks Member

Learn dozens of fascinating facts about stinky, smelly skunks.

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Sloths Member

Read about the slow-moving sloth from Central and South America.

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Spectacled Bear Member

Bears don't wear glasses, but the spectacled bear from South America has circular markings that make it look like it's got spectacles.

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Spiny Anteaters (Echidnas) Member

Echidnas are one of only two mammals they lay eggs. Females also have a pouch to carry their babies, just like kangaroos.

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Tamanduas Member

This strange looking animal has four legs, a long snout, large ears,and lurks in the forests of Central and South America.

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Wolverines Member

The wolverine is a solitary, but fierce, hunter who lives in snowy, northern climates across the world.

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Zebras Member

How to zebras protect themselves from predators? They run, kick, and bite. They even sleep standing up so they're ready to run at any sign of danger.

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Reptiles

Alligators and Crocodiles Member

Learn how alligators and crocodiles are different and how they're similar.

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Boas and Pythons Member

Learn the similarities and differences between boas and pythons with this compare/contrast article.

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Chameleons Member

Chameleons can change color, rotate their eyes, and have toes that are specially adapted for climbing.

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Cobras Member

Did you know that a king cobra can inject enough venom to kill an elephant? Learn this, and many more fun facts about cobras.

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Desert Tortoise Member

The desert tortoise lives in the Mojave and Sonara Deserts of the southwestern USA. They get most of their water from food and can live over 50 years.

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Gila Monster Member

Lurking in the deserts of the Southwestern United States is a colorful monster with a forked tongue, big head, and powerful claws.

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Green Anaconda Member

The green anaconda is the largest snake in the world! It lives in South American swamps, weighs 500 pounds and eats pigs, deer, and even jaguars!

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Horned Lizards Member

Learn tons of fascinating facts about iguanas in this article.

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Iguanas Member

Learn tons of fascinating facts about iguanas in this article.

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Rattlesnakes Member

Rattlesnakes are efficient predators, but they can also be prey to larger, desert-dwelling animals. They use their rattle to warn predators of their venom.

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Tamanduas Member

A tamandua is an unusual-looking animal with four legs, a long snout, big ears, and a flexible tail.

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Tuatara Member

The tuatara is a rare reptile found only in New Zealand.  While it looks like a lizard, it's really more closely related to a snake.

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Komodo Dragons Member

Are dragons real?  You bet they are.  Indonesians know all about the fierce lizard known as the Komodo dragon.

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Birds

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The world's smallest bird - the bee hummingbird - can hover in place, fly upside down, and even fly backwards.

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Eagle Member

The American bald eagle has such good eyesight, it can spot a fish from a mile away! It is also a national symbol of the United States.

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Flamingo Member

The flamingo is one of the most recognized birds in the world because of it's unusual body shape and hot-pink feathers.

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Flightless Birds Member

Learn about several birds that run and walk and swim instead of fly.

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Kiwi Birds Member

The kiwi is an unusual bird with a long beak, no tail, and long legs. There are five species of kiwis and none of them can fly.

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Owls Member

Owls have special adaptations that allow them to fly without making a sound, and hunt during the dark nighttime hours.

Peacocks (Peafowl) Member

Did you know that all peacocks are male? Female peacocks are called peahens. In this article students will learn many fascinating facts about peafowl.

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Learn about two different penguin species - the Emperor penguin and the Galapagos penguin. One of them lives in frigid Antarctica. The other lives on the tropical Equator.

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Secretary Bird Member

The secretary bird is a large, terrestrial raptor from Africa. It eats mice, hares, mongooses, lizards, and even snakes.

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Toucans Member

A toucan's colorful bill is certainly beautiful, but did you know that it also helps the toucan in many ways?

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Wild Turkeys Member

What's the difference between a tom, a gobbler, a hen, and a pult? Find out in this article about wild turkeys.

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Fish

Flying Fish Member

It's not a bird, nor a plane.  It's a flying fish!  Learn all about these strange animals.

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Great White Sharks Member

Look out!  The world's second largest, and most ferocious shark may be swimming in an ocean near you.

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Hammerhead Sharks Member

The hammerhead shark is one of the fiercest and most dangerous animals in the sea. It uses electroreceptors in its unusual-shaped head to find prey.

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Seahorses Member

Your students will learn lots of interesting and unusual facts about seahorses when they read this article.

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Amphibians

Frogs and Toads Member

Discover the similarities and differences between frogs and toads.

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Amphibians and Reptiles Member

Can your students tell a reptile from an amphibian?  This compare and contrast article will help students learn the differences between these two vertebrate groups.

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Insects, Spiders, and Bugs

Grasshoppers Member

Are grasshoppers a farmer's friend or foe?  Actually, both.  Find out how grasshoppers can help and harm humans.

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Leaf Cutter Ants Member

Learn all about leaf cutter ants, and their highly developed insect society.

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Ladybugs Member

Learn how ladybugs got their name, and why some farmers love them.

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Mealworms Member

Find out how to build a mealworm habitat and raise your own darkling beetles.

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Monarch Butterfly Member

Find out how monarch butterflies protect themselves and learn about their transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.

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Moths and Butterflies Member

Learn the similarities and differences between butterflies and moths.

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Pill Bugs Member

Learn all about roly-poly pill bugs, which curl up in a ball to protect themselves.

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Pseudoscorpions Member

Pseudoscorpions are tiny, harmless scorpion-like creatures that can sometimes be found in bathrooms.  Read about these interesting arachnids and answer the questions.  (non-fiction)

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Rhinoceros Beetle Member

Do you know what the strongest animal on Earth is? A bear? An elephant? Actually it's the rhinoceros beetle! This large insect can lift 850 times its own weight!

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Tarantulas Member

Tarantulas are different from other spiders because they don't spin webs to trap food and they live in underground burrows.

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Spiders, Beetles, and Centipedes Member

Find out about three different subgroups of arthropods- insects, arachnids, and myriapods.

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Stink Bugs Member

Discover the stink bug - an animal that uses a noxious odor to scare enemies away.

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Other Animals

Earthworms Member

Earthworms have no eyes, no nose, no ears, no bones, no arms, and no legs. They do, however, have very complex bodies.

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Octopus Free

I bet you didn't know that an octopus can vanish in a cloud of smoke.  It's just one of the unique ways an octopus can defend itself.

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Peter Pan Jellyfish Member

A fascinating article about a special type of jellyfish that can revert back to infancy and begin its life all over again.

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Animal Topics

Camouflage Member

Many animals use camouflage to hide from predators and to avoid being seem while hunting.

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Hibernation Member

Many animals in northern climates hibernate, or slow down and sleep, during the winter months.

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Migration Member

Find out why animals migrate from one place to another.

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Nocturnal Animals Member

This passage is about animals who are adapted to sleep during the day and become active during the nighttime hours.

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Carnivores, Herbivores, and Omnivores Member

Compare and contrast  contract herbivores, carnivores, and Omnivores.

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