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By Steve Jenkins

ISBN-10: 0547349580

ISBN-13: 9780547349589

How enormous is a crocodile? What a few tiger, or the world’s biggest spider? are you able to think a tongue that's ft lengthy or a watch that’s larger than your head?

Sometimes proof and figures don’t inform the total tale. occasionally you must see issues for yourself—at their genuine dimension.

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T h e y m a k e the w i n g t i p s l o o k l i k e s n a k e h e a d s , w h i c h m a y s c a r e a w a y p r e d a t o r s . T h e s e moths do not feed. T h e y have no mouth p a r t s for e a t i n g , and they live o n l y a f e w d a y s . T h e l a r g e s t meat-eating a n i m a l that l i v e s on land i s the A l a s k a n b r o w n b e a r . W h e n it s t a n d s o n its h i n d l e g s , it can be m o r e than 1 3 feet tall, a n d it w e i g h s a s much a s 1 , 7 0 0 p o u n d s .

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Them up onto the b a n k w i t h its huge p a w s . T h e o s t r i c h can't fly, but it can run at p a r a l y z e s its p r e y by injecting venom w i t h its f a n g s . B i r d e a t e r s s p e e d s of over 4 0 m i l e s per hour. s o m e t i m e s bite people, but l u c k i l y for u s their bite i s n ' t s e r i o u s — i t S t a n d i n g up to n i n e feet tall and c a u s e s o n l y m i l d p a i n , l i k e a bee s t i n g . S p i d e r s d o n ' t have teeth to w e i g h i n g 3 4 0 p o u n d s , it i s the l a r g e s t tear up their prey.

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