Consider the following statements: Statement-I: Marsupials are not naturally found in India. Statement-II: Marsupials can thrive only in montane grasslands with no predators. Which one of the following is correct in respect of the above statements? 

(a) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is the correct explanation for Statement-I 

(b) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is not the correct explanation for Statement-1
(c) Statement-1 is correct but Statement-II is incorrect
(d) Statement-1 is incorrect but Statement-II is correct

Statement-1 is correct. Marsupials are mammals that carry their young in a pouch. They are found in Australia, New Guinea, and South America. There are no marsupials naturally found in India.

Statement-2 is incorrect. Marsupials can thrive in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and deserts. They can also live in areas with predators. For example, the opossum is a marsupial that is found in North America. It is a common prey animal for coyotes, foxes, and hawks. However, the opossum has a number of adaptations that help it to survive in the wild, including a strong sense of smell, sharp claws, and a thick coat of fur.

Therefore, the correct answer is (c). Statement-1 is correct but Statement-2 is incorrect.

Reflection in IAS EXPRESS

Source: Environment Mindmap Notes > Animal Diversity of India


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