Blood Suckers by David Armentrout, Patricia Armentrout

By David Armentrout, Patricia Armentrout

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About the Authors David and Patricia Armentrout specialize in nonfiction children’s books. They enjoy exploring different topics and have written about many subjects, including sports, animals, history, and people. David and Patricia love to spend their free time outdoors with their two boys and dog Max. 32 Weird and wonderful animals This series of books engages the reader immediately by providing riveting information about animals we do not see every day. Animals who survive by sucking blood, bizarre ways that animals move, and ingenious problem solvers are just a few of the topics.

Animals: 1000 Facts. Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd, 2007. Mcghee, Karen. Encyclopedia of Animals. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006. Somervill, Barbara A. Vampire Bats: Hunting For Blood. Powerkids Press, 2007. shtml? About the Authors David and Patricia Armentrout specialize in nonfiction children’s books. They enjoy exploring different topics and have written about many subjects, including sports, animals, history, and people. David and Patricia love to spend their free time outdoors with their two boys and dog Max.

The truth, however, is not quite so frightening. Unlike vampires in horror stories, most bloodsuckers pose little threat to people. Mosquitoes are the biggest exception. They present a real danger to people in many parts of the world. Scientists are working to find solutions to mosquito problems. Bloodsuckers are not evil creatures. They just use the weird and wonderful tools nature gave them to survive. 30 Glossary arachnids (eh-RAK-neds): animals including spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks canal (kuh-NAL): a channel connecting bodies of water climates (KLYE-mitz): usual weather conditions dengue fever (DENG-gay FEE-vur): disease spread by mosquitoes disinfected (diss-in-FEK-tud): cleaned insectivores (in-SEKT uh vorz): animals that eat primarily insects malaria (muh-LAIR-ee-uh): disease spread by mosquitoes parasitic (PA ruh-sit ik): living and feeding on or inside another animal predators (PRED-uh-turz): animals that hunt other animals for food proboscis (pruh-BAHS-is): an animal’s long snout or feeding tube prey (PRAY): animals that are hunted by other animals for food 31 species (SPEE-seez): one certain kind of animal Index arachnids 20 assassin bugs 28, 29 bedbugs 26, 27 dengue fever 24 earthworms 6 eel 16 flies leech(es) 6, 7, 8, 9, 22 maggot(s) 14, 15 Further Reading malaria 24 mites 20 mosquito(s) 22, 23, 24, 25, 30 proboscis 24, 28 sea lamprey(s) 16, 17, 18, 19 spiders 20 tick(s) 5, 20, 21 vampire(s) 4, 6, 12, 30 vampire bat(s) 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 22 Gallagher, Belinda.

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