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very long time ago in the Blue Mountains lived a medicine man called
Tyawan and his three daughters, Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo.
| 1. 'Medicine men' is
a). a doctor
b). a person who has a special powers of healing
c). a pharmacist
|2. 'Imitate' means
|3. 'Race' means
c). part of the body
|4. 'Point' means
|5. 'Crash' means
a). a small river
b). to ask for
c). to collapse, to fall
The text is about the echidna, a strange mammal that can be found only in Australia and New Guinea.
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range (in colour, size, etc.); sense (of humour, smell, etc.); cover; weigh; anteater; pouch; snout; breeding; mammal; locate; spine; disturb; jelly bean; termite
|The echidna is a strange animal
that can be found only in Australia and New Guinea. It looks like a hedgehog
because of sharp spines that cover the back of its body. The echidna range
in colour from light brown to black. It has a long snout that helps it to
search for food.
The adult echidna may be from 35 to 53 cm long and weigh from 4.5 to 6 kg.
The echidna is usually found among rocks, in hollow logs and in holes among tree roots. The echidna is a very shy animal and would rather hide than fight if disturbed. Echidnas have a fine sense of smell that helps them to locate one another during the breeding season.
Termites are the preferred food of the echidna this is why it is often called 'spiny anteater" and it eats about 2 kg of termites in one meal.
The echidna and platypus are the world's only egg laying mammals. The echidna lays a single egg and in ten days a baby-echidna is born. It weighs only 380 mg and is 1.45 cm long - the size of a jelly bean. The baby leaves the pouch only when it is several months old.
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