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Giraffes (Grade 2)

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Giraffes

When it comes to height, the giraffe is likely the tallest animal at any zoo. Most giraffes grow to be 14-18 feet tall. Male giraffes are bigger than female giraffes, but both are tall. Even baby giraffes are around 6 feet tall when they are born.

Giraffes are known for two things: their spots and their necks.

Giraffes have patterns of brown spots on their bodies. Like human fingerprints, no giraffe has the same pattern of spots. These spots can sometimes serve as camouflage for the giraffe. Although it's hard to imagine anything that tall being able to "hide" on the savanna.

With their long necks, giraffes tower over the other animals around them. Each giraffe's neck weighs around 600 pounds. They use their long necks to reach leaves in trees. Giraffes love to eat acacia leaves. However, if they are hungry, they will eat nearly any leaves they can find. They use their tongues to pull the leaves off the trees. Giraffes spend most of the day eating too. Since they are so big, they need around 100 pounds of leaves a day.

In zoos, giraffes always have plenty of food to eat. On the savanna, however, sometimes it is hard to find food and water. Even though they are tall, they still compete with other animals for food. Giraffes will leave the savanna if they cannot find enough food. Sometimes you may even find them in the desert. Like camels, who are distant cousins of the giraffe, they can store water so they can stay in dry areas for a long period of time.
1. 
What is the most unique part of each giraffe?
  1. its neck
  2. its spots
  3. its height
  4. its tongue
2. 
How are a giraffe's spots like a human's fingerprints?
  1. Their pattern is different from other giraffes' spots.
  2. They are found on the giraffe's fingers.
  3. They can be used by police to identify a giraffe.
  4. Their color is similar to the color of fingerprints.
3. 
Why does the author think giraffes can't hide very well where they live?
  1. They are too brown.
  2. They are too loud.
  3. They are too tall.
  4. They are too slow.
4. 
Which sentence best explains how much giraffes eat?
  1. In zoos, giraffes always have plenty of food to eat.
  2. On the savanna, however, sometimes it is hard to find food and water.
  3. Since they are so big, they need around 100 pounds of leaves a day.
  4. Giraffes spend most of the day eating too.
5. 
Why does the author compare the giraffe to a camel?
  1. to show how tall it is
  2. to describe where a giraffe lives
  3. to explain how much water a giraffe needs
  4. to share a distant cousin of a giraffe
6. 
Giraffes will only eat acacia leaves.
  1. True
  2. False

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