Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 10.
ALL ANSWERS MUST BE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.
Indonesia's Komodo National Park covers several small islands in the Java Sea. The Komodo dragon takes its name from one of these islands where it is mostly found.
Zoologists say that the Komodo is the largest of the monitor lizards which are a species of the lizard group. A full-grown adult may measure up to three metres and weight about one hundred and thirty kilograms. Its teeth are serrated. Like a snake, it has a forked tongue. With muscular legs that can carry its body off the ground, Komodo dragons can run quite fast. They can live up to fifty years.
Komodo dragons sleep at night in the burrows they make. These burrows are where the females lay their eggs. Komodo dragons forage during the day, especially in the mornings.
Young Komodo dragons spend most of their time on trees during the hot afternoons. The larger ones, unable to climb, would laze away behind bushes. Their green and brown bodies put them in good stead.
Though Komodo dragons may eat carrion, they much prefer live prey; wild pigs, goats, deer and even larger animals like buffaloes. The larger ones may even eat the smaller ones and they do attack human beings. Their bites can transmit deadly toxins and its tail can be just as deadly with a flick. Komodo dragons can also hold their prey down with their tails. Unlike most reptiles which swallow their prey whole, the Komodo will tear chunks of meat off.
The local people have given these creatures a wide berth, choosing to stay close to the sea. Even so, there are still reports of missing villagers. At the National Park Headquarters, there are gruesome pictures depicting savage attacks by these reptiles. These serve as a reminder to tourists who are warned to be careful and not to wander around the park alone.
In their native habitat, Komodos have hardly any predators and yet their numbers seem to be dwindling. Poaching may be a possible reason as these creatures are much sought after. Another reason is perhaps man's hunting of the animals which the dragons prey on.
Now the Komodo dragon is a protected animal.
What is the name of the island where Komodo dragons are found?
Which characteristic of the Komodo dragon may remind one of snakes?
What evidence from the passage tells you that Komodo dragon is NOT a nocturnal animal?
How do the colours of the bodies of the Komodo dragon 'put them in good stead' (paragraph 4)?
What do you think the word 'carrion' (paragraph 5) means?
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