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PARIS INSTRUCTS ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS OF THE NATURAL POISON

Paris/ An exotic exhibition in Paris seeks to instruct the public about the world of poison in nature, a substance which fascinates and scares at the same time, and that far from being something only harmful can also be “good” and beneficial.

Under the title of “Poison“, the Palais de la Découverte hosts until August 30 thirteen live poisonous species-snakes, frogs, lizards or spiders, along with other stuffed animals divided into 24 terrariums.

“We want to approach the topic of poison in nature as something that is more beneficial than something to be feared, because there is a lot of myth and a lot of legend about the poison,” animal caretaker Guillem Limia Russell told EFE.

Russell is a member of the Spanish company “Grupo Atrox”, which has also exhibited at the “Faunia” Nature Park in Madrid and which supplies all the animals for this exhibition.

“We want to give the public the general view that poison is a good thing,” Russell insisted.

It’s an “unprecedented” exhibition in France, said Bruno Maquart, president of the divulging project Universcience, which collaborates in the exhibition.

In an environment that seeks to recreate the natural habitat of each animal, its route reveals to the visitor the ways in which the different species administer their venom and how it is used to attack or defend themselves.

The most “emblematic and outstanding” animal for experts is a black ‘mamba’ snake, a 2-meter, 60-centimeter male.

This snake, the largest ophidian exposed in the tour, is reserved a special space and is described by the keepers as “one of the most poisonous animals in the world”.

Some of the animals that are exhibited at Palais are used for scientific research, such as the ‘Agkistrodon Contortrix’.

More commonly known as ‘copper head’, it’s a very common snake in North America whose venom has been used in the development of different medicines for the heart”, said Russell.

Also thanks to the poison of the Heloderma lizard has been developed “a drug that fights hepatitis”, according to the caregiver.

“The poison is used by animals as a defense, but we can also use it for our own benefit, either as antidotes or medicines for different treatments against diseases that we suffer,” he concluded.

The exhibition also shows a showcase with poisonous minerals whose mere contact causes undesirable effects. However, it’s indicated that they can also be used in cancer treatment devices. (October 10, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que...  
A
hay una exhibición en París solo sobre las especies animales más venenosas del planeta.
B
hay una muestra sobre la elaboración de venenos.
C
hay una exhibición en la capital de Francia sobre el veneno en la naturaleza.
Question 2
Según el texto, en esta muestra el visitante...  
A
solo podrá ver especies animales que están disecadas para su exhibición.
B
podrá ver especies animales que están vivas o disecadas.
C
solo podrá ver especies animales vivas en terrarios.
Question 3
Sobre los animales exhibidos en esta muestra se dice que...    
A
solo hay reptiles.
B
hay reptiles y anfibios.
C
no ningún anfibio.
Question 4
Según el texto, uno de los objetivos de esta muestra es...    
A
demostrar que se pueden curar enfermedades sin necesidad utilizar el veneno de algunas especies.
B
dar a conocer que es imposible utilizar el veneno para realizar medicamentos.
C
mostrar al público que el veneno de algunos animales puede ser utilizado para curar enfermedades.
Question 5
Según los expertos, ¿para qué utilizan generalmente los animales el veneno?    
A
Para curar a otras especies.
B
Para defenderse.
C
Para curarse ellos mismos.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que esta muestra es 'inédita'...    
A
porque es la primera vez que se hace una muestra sobre este tema en un museo europeo.
B
porque es la primera vez que se hay una así en Francia.
C
porque no es la primera muestra que hay en Francia sobre este tema.
Question 7
En el vídeo se habla...    
A
de un hombre que descubrió una nueva especie de alacrán.
B
de un hombre que utiliza el veneno de alacrán para curarse.
C
de un hombre que enfermó por la picadura de un alacrán.
Question 8
Según el vídeo, el veneno del alacrán...  
A
se utiliza para calmar el dolor y tratar la inflamación.
B
no sirve para calmar el dolor.
C
aumenta el dolor pero sí baja la inflamación.
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Un sinónimo de 'instruir' es...      
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'pedir'.
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'enseñar'.
C
'demostrar'.
Question 2
Algo que es 'nocivo'...    
A
es novedoso.
B
no es bueno para la salud.
C
es bueno para la salud.
Question 3
'Temer' es...    
A
estar seguro de algo.
B
estar tranquilo.
C
tener miedo a algo.
Question 4
En el texto, 'empleados' es lo mismo que...      
A
'trabajadores'.
B
'utilizados'.
C
'pedidos'.
Question 5
Algo que es 'emblemático' es...  
A
representativo.
B
poco importante.
C
desconocido.
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