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Police officers work hard to study reptiles 努力研究爬蟲類的警察

A Komodo dragon is pictured at Chester Zoo in Chester, England, Dec. 20, 2006. 一隻科莫多巨蜥去年十二月二十日攝於英國雀斯特動物園


Police officers in Singapore want to stop people who trade animals illegally. They're working hard to learn how to recognize rare reptiles.

The officers are focusing on four main groups of animals: snakes, turtles and tortoises, lizards and crocodiles. They're learning how to recognize colors each of the different reptiles have. They're also learning how to pick out young and old animals.

In Singapore, reptiles are the most common type of animal traded illegally. The police are working to stop that.

"People get bored with cats or dogs," said Dr. Mark Auliya, who is a police officer. "They want something more exotic."

Rare pets such as Komodo dragons cost several thousand US dollars.

An Angola python, one of the world's rarest, can cost US$14,000 (NT$456,000).

Since 2000, 7,153 live reptiles have been found in Singapore while being transported.

(Staff Writer, with DPA)









1. illegally adv.

非法地 (fei1 fa3 di5)

例: Leroy was caught working illegally.


2. rare adj.

稀有的 (xi1 you3 de5)

例: She has a really rare kind of stone on her ring.


3. exotic adj.

異國風情的 (yi4 guo2 feng1 qing2 de5),外來的 (wai4 lai2 de5)

例: To Taiwanese, ostriches are exotic birds.


4. transport v.t.

運送 (yun4 song4)

例: Barry's job is to transport clothes from China to Taiwan.


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