The Reading / Listening - Smallest Reptile - Level 2

Scientists have discovered what could be the world's smallest reptile. It is a chameleon and is the size of a sunflower seed. Chameleons are usually 35-40cm long. Scientists found two of the tiny lizards in the mountains in northern Madagascar. They are just 22mm long. The length of the male's body is 13.5mm. At first, the scientists thought the reptiles were juveniles, but later found they were fully-grown adults. The scientists called the lizards "nano-chameleons". The scientists tried to find more of them, but "despite great effort" could not find any more.



Madagascar is home to two-thirds of the world's chameleons. Scientists say they may be from there. However, the chameleon's survival is threatened by deforestation. One scientist said the nano-chameleons are lucky to survive. He said: "Their habitat has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area was placed under protection recently, so the species will survive." Nearly all of Madagascar's eastern rainforest could disappear by 2070 if deforestation and climate change does not slow down. This would put many of the island's unique species in danger.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smallest Reptile - Level 0 Smallest Reptile - Level 1   or  Smallest Reptile - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/05/seed-sized-chameleon-madagascar-world-tiniest-reptile
  • https://www.dw.com/en/worlds-smallest-reptile-discovered-in-madagascar/a-56478001
  • https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mysterious-chameleon-may-smallest-reptile-151728681.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the size of a
  2. Chameleons are usually
  3. two of
  4. in the mountains in
  5. The length of the male's
  6. the reptiles were
  7. they were fully-
  8. The scientists tried to find more
  1. body
  2. northern Madagascar
  3. grown adults
  4. 35-40cm long
  5. juveniles
  6. sunflower seed
  7. of them
  8. the tiny lizards

Paragraph 2

  1. the chameleon's survival is
  2. nano-chameleons are lucky
  3. the area was placed under
  4. the species will
  5. Nearly all of Madagascar's eastern
  6. could disappear
  7. climate
  8. many of the island's unique
  1. survive
  2. by 2070
  3. to survive
  4. species
  5. protection
  6. change
  7. threatened
  8. rainforest

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have discovered (1) ___________________ the world's smallest reptile. It is a chameleon and is (2) ___________________ a sunflower seed. Chameleons are usually 35-40cm long. Scientists found two of (3) ___________________ in the mountains in northern Madagascar. They are just 22mm long. The length of (4) ___________________ is 13.5mm. At first, the scientists thought the reptiles were juveniles, but later found they were (5) ___________________. The scientists called the lizards "nano-chameleons". The scientists tried to find more of them, but "(6) ___________________" could not find any more.

Madagascar is home (7) ___________________ the world's chameleons. Scientists say they may be from there. However, the chameleon's (8) ___________________ by deforestation. One scientist said the nano-chameleons are (9) ___________________. He said: "Their habitat has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area (10) ___________________ protection recently, so the species will survive." Nearly all of Madagascar's eastern rainforest (11) ___________________ 2070 if deforestation and climate change does not slow down. This would put many of the island's (12) ___________________ danger.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavediscoveredwhatcouldbetheworld'ssmallestreptile.Itis
achameleonandisthesizeofasunflowerseed.Chameleonsareusually3
5-40cmlong.Scientistsfoundtwoofthetinylizardsinthemountainsinn
orthernMadagascar.Theyarejust22mmlong.Thelengthofthemale'sb
odyis13.5mm.Atfirst,thescientiststhoughtthereptileswerejuveniles,
butlaterfoundtheywerefully-grownadults.Thescientistscalledtheliza
rds"nano-chameleons".Thescientiststriedtofindmoreofthem,but"de
spitegreateffort"couldnotfindanymore.Madagascarishometotwo-
thirdsoftheworld'schameleons.Scientistssaytheymaybefromthere.
However,thechameleon'ssurvivalisthreatenedbydeforestation.One
scientistsaidthenano-chameleonsareluckytosurvive.Hesaid:"Theirh
abitathasunfortunatelybeensubjecttodeforestation,buttheareawas
placedunderprotectionrecently,sothespecieswillsurvive."Nearlyallo
fMadagascar'seasternrainforestcoulddisappearby2070ifdeforestati
onandclimatechangedoesnotslowdown.Thiswouldputmanyoftheisla
nd'suniquespeciesindanger.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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