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Little Lizard

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Little Lizard, Part II
Little Lizard sees that the tree trunk is really a tapir.
Little Lizard sees that the tree trunk is really a tapir.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Little Lizard."

Little Lizard's tail comes in handy. It helps her balance as she walks, swims, or runs. Some lizards use their tails to escape from enemies. The tail breaks off at a special point and keeps twitching as the lizard gets away. Don't worry! Soon the lizard will grow a new tail.

Little Lizard is a very good swimmer. She paddles toward a water lily and climbs on the leaf. Her long legs carry her from lily pad to lily pad. She reaches the shore and keeps on running. Little Lizard hops over to a fallen tree trunk. All the other lizards are gone. Little Lizard seems to be alone now, but she is safe. 

Little Lizard is surrounded by more strange animals. But she knows that these animals won't hurt her. She jumps onto a tree branch hanging over the water.

Suddenly, Little Lizard discovers she is not alone, and not at all safe. The tree trunk under her starts to roll! Little Lizard sees that the tree trunk is really a tapir, a forest animal that looks like a pig with a long snout. She leaps onto a nearby tree and escapes from danger.

The tapir moves on to a better resting place, too, as Little Lizard scampers quickly across the branch. Little Lizard needs to find more food. She jumps from tree to tree looking for insects and a safe place to rest.

Little Lizard is safe at last! But wait. She is not the only lizard in this tree. Another lizard rests on a higher branch. But he is full-grown, four feet long, and he's not about to share his hideout.

Clearly, Little Lizard is not welcome in this tree.
Clearly, Little Lizard is not welcome in this tree.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The adult lizard swings his long tail. Clearly, the young lizard is not welcome in this tree! Little Lizard jumps out of the tree. Little Lizard is back on the ground again. This is not where she wants to be! Iguanas like to be high in the trees, where they can warm themselves in the sun.

Little Lizard looks up, searching for her special place. She looks right into the eyes of a jaguar! The jaguar growls loudly at her. Then Little Lizard is off and running again.

This jaguar probably wouldn't hurt Little Lizard. But she doesn't want to take any chances. Again, she searches for something to eat and a safe place to rest. Little Lizard finally finds a safe place. This bush has plenty of delicious fruit for her to eat. It looks like Little Lizard will be just fine after all.

Little Lizard finds some delicious fruit to eat.
Little Lizard finds some delicious fruit to eat.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

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