One fine day, a blue tongue lizard that had a tongue as blue as the ocean, was in a tall lush gum tree. He was lying down on his favourite branch where he was warmed by the sun. When he was tired he would go down to the bottom branch where the branches were thick and he could hide from dangerous and hungry animals.
One night he was so tired that he couldn't be bothered going down to the bottom branch where he could sleep without being bothered. So he just slept in his favourite spot. When he woke up in the morning, there was a magpie trying to eat him. The magpie called all his friends and soon there were four magpies all around him. He panicked as he didn't know what to do and he was terrified. He had three options, to get eaten, jump and hope for the best, or he could try his luck and quickly run down into the lush branches and try to camouflage himself.
He had to think quickly, otherwise they would make up his mind for him, and he would get eaten. He thought of jumping but he was scared, so he ran down to camouflage himself. He was running as fast as he could, but the magpies were fast as well. He jumped into the biggest bunch of leaves he could find and it worked. He was hidden and the magpies were stumped. They couldn't find him.
Soon the magpies were fighting among each other. "You let him go!" Mr Blue Tongue was as still as a rock. He had not moved an inch. The magpies had gone and the lizard came out of hiding.
From then on, the lizard would always go to sleep on the bottom branch, so that no one could see him, especially the magpies.
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