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Exotic Animal Kingdom
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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difficultanimalsinterviewman and boy04:22

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some common and exotic animals people keep as pets?

HELPFUL TIP: Taking care of pets can take a great deal of time, but having a pet can also help you emotionally. Choose a pet that suits your needs and personality.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where was the boy's bearded dragon born?
A. in Australia
B. in the US
C. We don't know.

2. What word best describes the temperament of a bearded dragon?
A. gentle
B. hyperactive
C. aggressive

3. Based on the interview, which sentence best describes the diet of a bearded dragon?
A. Bearded dragons are mainly carnivores.
B. Their diet is limited to greens and vegetables.
C. You can add vitamin or mineral supplements to their diet.

4. According to the information provided, what can be said about how bearded dragons obtain water in the wild?
A. They drink the dew that condenses on plants.
B. They carry and store rain water in their mouths.
C. They extract water from the things they ingest.

5. From the choices below, what can be inferred about the best lighting scenario for a bearded dragon in captivity?
A. a completely glassed-enclosed aquarium with occasional sunlight
B. an inside enclosure with a UV light and basking lamp
C. a heating rock and a basking lamp in an aquarium

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Read the Explanation of Answers for the quiz. Do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Choose an exotic pet you want to learn more about and search for tips on caring for this animal. Share your findings with a partner. Some animals could include: llama, iguana, pygmy goat, or peacock. What pet would be ideal for different types of people and situations, including children, people who live in apartments, and the elderly?

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