澳洲 - 动物
Australia - Animals
Hello! I hope you are ready for some adventure today as we open our Window on the World. We're off to find out about the marsupials of Australia and an unusual egg-laying mammal! Do you know what a marsupial is? It is an animal that has a pouch or pocket. A marsupialˇs baby lives in the pouch until it is big enough to take care of itself. One well-known marsupial is the kangaroo. Others include the kangaroo rat, the wallaby, the koala, the wombat and the Tasmanian Devil. This oddly named creature looks like a rat.
Now, what about this egg-laying mammal? I've never heard of that, have you? I know that mammals gave birth to live babies not in eggs. But, in Australia, you will find this most unusual mammal. It is called the platypus. It is a very funny looking creature. It has fur, a tail that is like a paddle, a bill on its face and webbed-feet like a duck. This rare animal is only found in Australia!
You should also know that there are many different kinds of reptiles that live in Australia. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that have scales, not fur or feathers. They often live near water. You could find crocodiles and over 500 different kinds of lizards in Australia including geckos and skinks. There are also about 100 poisonous snakes there! Yikes ... I don't really like snakes. Do you? You could find the copperhead, the death adder and the black snake. I think we should stay away from those snakes!
Don't forget to take a swim in the Great Barrier Reef. Remember that this is the largest reef in the world. It is home to many beautifully colored fish and sea animals. But if you decide to swim in the ocean waters near Australia, do be careful. There are about 70 species of sharks there.
My ... Australia certainly has a variety of creatures to learn about. I hope you have enjoyed finding all about this island continent as much as I did. I hope you will listen again next week when we open our Window on the World. Goodbye friends!