Giant Killer Salamander – level 2

26-04-2022 15:00

Scientists found bones of a prehistoric animal in southern Portugal. The animal lived in lakes and rivers 200 million years ago – during the Late Triassic period.

This animal is the giant killer salamander, officially known as Metoposaurus algarvensis. It was as long as a small car.

The salamander was a dangerous predator which fed mainly on fish. It had a large flat head with hundreds of sharp teeth. The amphibian is a distant relative of today’s salamanders.

Difficult words: prehistoric (that lived a very long time ago), predator (an animal which eats other animals), amphibian (an animal which lives partly on land and partly in the water).

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