**The viper who vapourised,**

**Disappeared before the zebra’s eyes.**

**One minute, he was crawling on the ground,**

**Next, he’d disappeared, without a sound.**

**Then, within seconds, he was no longer there !**

**The zebra looked, but couldn’t see him anywhere !**

**Perhaps he’d chased a monkey up a tree ?**

**Or taken home a chimpanzee for tea ?**

**He could have been squashed by a rhinocerous,**

**Or gobbled up for lunch by a hungry hippopotamus !**

**The viper who vapourised could have been picked up by a bird,**

**He was last seen by the coconut tree, the lion said he’d heard.**

**The cheetah called a search party, to see if they could find him,**

**But still no – one had much luck,**

**Perhaps the boa constrictor had confined him ?**

**The viper wasn’t by the river,**

**Perhaps under the creepers was where he’d slivered ?**

**The gorilla said he may have to gone to the cinema to watch a thriller,**

**Or maybe he was leaned against a pillar.**

**One that was clearly sure, the vapourised viper wasn’t to be seen anymore.**

**It’s amazing how vipers can easily do that beneath a pot,**

**One minute they’re there, then the next they are not.**

**Va – nishing Vi – per and Vu – ltures in the Vine**

**Do you get the vipers’ vibes ? Add either “vi” or “va” or “vu” to complete the spelling of the words. Which is the correct one to use ?**

**Sneaky Snake**

**1. If the viper crawled over three logs every 5 minutes, how many did he crawl over in three hours ?**

**2. The viper travelled four times as quickly as the snail – who crossed the jungle at a speed of 3 m / minute. If the jungle was one km wide, how long did it take a) the snail ? b) the snake ?**

**3. The viper passed one coconut every 5 m, how many coconuts did he pass going across the 1 km jungle ?**

**4. The zebra looked for the viper underneath 500 palm leaves – under 60% of them he found a worm – how many worms is that ?**

**5. The gorilla looked for the viper under 400 rocks, under 20% of them he found a beetle – how many beetles is that ?**

**6. The lion looked for the viper beneath 300 creepers, in 30% of them , he found an ant – how many ants is that ?**

**7. The hippopotamus looked for the viper in 50 boats, in 0.5 of them, he found a starfish – how many starfish is that ?**

**8. The rhinocerous looked for the viper underneath by the oasis. He found 20 trees, but in 0.8 of them, he found birds. How many birds is that ?**

**9. The chimpanzee looked in the jungle where there were 1000 trees. 30% of the trees were coconut, 40% of them were fig and the rest were lemons trees. a) How many of each kind of tree is that ? b) Each fig tree had 150 figs – how many figs is that ? c) Each lemon tree had 50 lemons – how many oranges is that ? d) Each coconut tree had 25 coconuts – how many coconuts is that ?**

**10. The leopard looked for the viper by the vultures. There were 600 vultures and 10% of them flew away – how many were left ?**

**Snake In The Grass**

**How many snakes can you see hidden in the exercise above ? Circle and count the word “snake”.**

**© Jacqueline Richards 2007**

**Answers : 1. 108; 2. a) 333.33 mins b) 83.3 3. 200; 4. 300; 5. 80; 6. 90; 7. 25; 8. 16; 9. a/ c – 300, f – 400, l – 300; b/ 400 x 150 = 60 000; c) 50 x 300 = 15 000; d) 25 x 300 = 7 500 10. 540 **

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