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Title: In our April 12, 2010, issue, you’ll read about Australia’s decade of extreme weather.


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In our April 12, 2010, issue, youll read about
Australias decade of extreme weather. Climate
change doesnt just affect peopleit affects
wildlife too. In Australia, that could mean the
loss of animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Here, meet nine of them.
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Native to forests in Australia and on nearby
islands, this flightless bird is disappearing in
the wild.
The cassowary has long, strong legs and
three-toed feet. It can kill a human with its
sharp claws.
The female lays eggs, but it is the males
job to sit on the nest to hatch them.
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This wild member of the dog family may have
arrived in Australia with the Aboriginals (the
continents first inhabitants) about 50,000 years
ago.
The dingo feeds on small mammals and rodents
caught alive or found as carrion (dead flesh).
The dingo is known as the singing dog for
its variety of howls.
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This mammal lives only on mainland Australia
and the islands of Tasmania and New Guinea.
It is one of only two mammals that lay eggs.
(The other is the platypus.) The female lays one
egg a year and keeps it inside her body pouch
until it hatches.
The echidna is toothless. It has a long,
sticky tongue that it uses to catch insects to
eat, and strong claws to dig burrows for hiding
from predators.
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The kangaroo is a marsupiala mammal that
carries its young in the mothers body pouch.
It hops on large, powerful hind legs, balanced
by a long, muscular tail.
Kangaroos, especially the young, weaken and
often die during periods of drought.
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This marsupial spends most of its life in
treessleeping in them by day and feeding on them
at night.
Koalas dont need water. They get all the
liquids and nutrition they need by eating
eucalyptus leaves.
Australian law protects the koala, whose
natural habitat is disappearing.
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This bird, which is native to the woodlands of
Australia and the island of New Guinea, lives and
nests in tree holes.
The kookaburra eats fish, frogs, and worms, as
well as small reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Its call, heard early in the morning and after
sunset, sounds like wild laughter.
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This marsupial has wide, strong jaws and sharp
teeth.
This animal is a scavenger. It feeds mainly
on roadkill and other dead animals.
The Tasmanian devil was the inspiration for
the Looney Tunes cartoon character named Taz.
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This reptile is native to southern and western
Australia and nearby islands. It feeds on frogs,
birds, and small mammals.
Tiger snake venom is among the deadliest on
Earth. It kills by paralyzing the victim, then
clotting its blood. However, this snake strikes
humans only if cornered.
The tiger snake is protected by Australian
law, which forbids the harming, killing, or
exporting of the species.
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This marsupial lives in south-eastern
Australia and on the island of Tasmania.
A nocturnal (active by night) animal, it
sleeps by day in a burrow dug with its strong
legs and claws.
Its numbers are dwindling as drought,
land-clearing by humans, and grazing livestock
wipe out the grasses, shrubs, and roots it eats.
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1. How might Australias extreme weather
conditions affect its wildlife as well as its
people? 2. Should something be done to protect
these animals natural habitats? Why or why
not? 3. How might Australias plant and marine
life be affected by climate change?
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