NCERT Class 6 English Solutions: Desert Animals Chapter – 9 – Part 1 (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2023)

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Answer A:

Question 1:

Talk to your partner and say whether the following statements are true or false.

(i) No animal can survive without water.

(ii) Deserts are endless sand dunes.

Deserts Are Endless Sand Dunes

(iii) Most snakes are harmless.

(iv) Snakes cannot hear, but they can feel vibrations through the ground.

(v) Camels store water in their humps.

Answer:

1. Talk to your partner and say whether the following statements are true or false.

(i) No animal can survive without water.

Answer: True

(ii) Deserts are endless sand dunes.

Answer: False

(iii) Most snakes are harmless.

Answer: True

(iv) Snakes cannot hear, but they can feel vibrations through the ground.

Answer: True

(v) Camels store water in their humps.

Answer: False

Questions 2:

Answer the following questions.

(i) How do desert animals survive without water? (1)

(ii) How do mongooses kill snakes? (6)

(iii) How does the hump of the camels help them to survive when there is no water? (9)

Answer:

(i) How do desert animals survive without water?

Desert animals cannot survive without water. They find different ways of coping with the harsh desert conditions. For example, gerbils spend the hottest part of the day in cool burrows. And darkling beetles catch moisture on their legs and then lift them into the air till the drops trickle down into their mouths.

(ii) How do mongooses kill snakes?

A mongoose kills a snake by dodging each time the snake strikes. They continually make a nuisance of themselves, until, after a while, when the snake gets tired, it quickly dives in for the kill.

(iii) How does the hump of the camels help them to survive when there is no water?

When there is no water, the hump of a camel helps it by acting as a storage container.

Question B:

Read the words/phrases in the box. With your partner find their meaning in the dictionary.

Dictionary
Harsh conditions harmless survive intruder

threatened predators prey continually

Fill in the blanks in the following passage with the above words/phrases.

All animals in forests and deserts struggle to ________in ________

________ . Though most of the animals are ________, some are dangerous when ________. If an ________ is noticed, they attack or bite to save themselves. They struggle ________ for food and water.

Some animals are called ________because they ________ on other animals.

Answer:

All animals in forests and deserts struggle to survive in harsh conditions. Though most of the animals are harmless, some are dangerous when threatened. If an intruder is noticed, they attack or bite to save themselves. They struggle continually for food and water. Some animals are called predators because they prey on other animals.