英会話ブログ その747        Animals, from A to Z

2016/01/18

"S" is for snakes

Snakes are creepy, crawly reptiles, many of which are poisonous.  Many carry deadly venom (poison) and can kill humans by biting them with their razor sharp fangs (front teeth).

They live in jungles, in forests and in deserts.  Some thrive in rivers and even in the sea.  Their clorful skin is genetically engineered to enable them to blend in, virtually unnoticed, with their natural surroundings.

Some snakes are solid colors, others seem to be encased in green, or brown camouflage-pattern desighed body-suits.  They can strike without warning and at tremendous speeds, making it difficult for prey to escape.

There are some snakes, however, which do give warning before striking.  One of such snakes is the rattle snake, which makes its home in the American Southwest, in states like, Texas and California, in Nevada, in New Mexico and in Arizona.  These vipers (snakes) like hot and dry climates.  They like to crawl between rocks, or hide in holes.

They often curl up and rest under the hot sun, baking peacefully in its warmth, until some animals, or person walking near by disturbs it.  They got a noise-maker at the end of their tails and they shake it like a baby rattle.  This means; Do not disturb or else...                                           (V.C)


英会話表現&英単語
creepy                         ゾッとする、気味の悪い
crawly                         這いずり回る
reptile                        爬虫類
poisonous                      毒のある
venom                          毒(液)
razor sharp fang               剃刀のように鋭い牙
thrive                         繁殖する
genetically engineered         遺伝子的に組み込まれている
virtually unnoticed            ほとんど気づかれない
solid color                    無地、同色

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