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Black-fnake,
Coach Whip do.
Corn-snake,
Black-viper,
Brown do.
Copper-bellied snake,
Striated do.
Dotted do.
White bodied, brown-eyed do.
Black-snake, with linear rings,
Hooped do.
Dusky do.
Vittated do.
Pensacola do.
• Minute do.
Golden-eyed do.
Moccasin do.
Grey spotted do. of Carolina,
Little brown bead do.
Joint do.

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Garter do:

ANGUIS.

Glassy snake,

Anguis ventralis Chicken do.

maculata Striped do.

eryx Blind do.

fragilis Brownish spotted do.

reticulata Yellowish white do.

lumbricalis
Hissing do.
Ring do.
Pale-coloured do. with brown belts, laticaudą.

Inhabits Carolina : swims well, and is very dexterous in catching fish. During summer, numbers of them are seen hanging on the boughs of trees over the rivers, watching the approach of fish or fowl, and frequently drop into the boats paling bencath. They plunge on their prey, and pursue it with great swiftness ; and as soon as they catch it, Swim ashore to devour it: are called the Water Rattlesnake, and are supposed to be as fatabin thcir bite. The little horn at the tail gives it a dreadful nanuc, as if örmed with death at both extremities. The superstitious believe, that by a jerk of that part it can mortally wound any animal, and even cause a tree to wither by transfixing the bark.

BOA,

BOA.

Hog-nose snake,
Greenishi variegated do.
Large spotted do.
Murine do.
Afh-coloured do.
Yellow fpotted do.
Dusky white do.
Pale-coloured do.

Boa constortrix,

canina,
- conftri&tor, *

murina,
- fcytale,
--- cenchria,
- cnydris,

hortulana.

* This is an immense animal ; it often ca ceeds thirty-fix feet in length, the body is very thick, of a dulky white colour, and its back is interspersed with twenty-four Large pae irregular spors; the tail is of a darker colour, and the fides are beautifully variegated with palc spots : besides, the whole body is interspersed with smal brows {pors. The bead is covered with small scales, and has no broad laminæ betwist the cyes, but has a black belt behind the eyes. It wants the large dog-fangs, and of course its bite is not poisonous. The tongue is ficthy and forked. Above the eyes, on each fide, the head rises high. The scales of this serpent are all very small, roundish and smooth. The tail does not exceed onc-eighth of the whole length of the animal. The Indians, who adore this monstrous animal, use the kin for clothes, on account of its smoothnefs and beauiy. There are several of these skins of the above dimensioas preserved, and in be seen in the different museums of Europe, particularly in the library and botanic garden of Upsal in Sweden, whish has of late been greatly enriched by Count Grillinborg. The fleth of this serpent is eat by the Indians and the negrocs. Piso, Margraave and Kempfer, give the following account of its method of living and catching its prey. It frequents caves and thick forests, where it conceais itself, and suddenly darts out upon, strangers, wild beasts, &c. When it chooses a tree for its watching-place, it supports itself by twisting its tuil round the trunk or a branch, and darts down upon sheep, goats, tigers, or any auri mal that comes within 45 reack. When it lays hold of animals, cipecially any of the larger kinds, it iwists itself fevesal times round their body, and by the vast force of its circular muscles bruises and bicaks all their bones : after the bones are broke, it licks the skin of the animal ah over, besnuearing it with a glutinous kind of faliva. This operation is intended to facilitate deglutition, and is a preparation for swallowing the whole animal. If it be a stay, or any horned animal, it begins to swallow the feet first, and gradually fucks in the body, and last of all the head; when the horns happen to be large, this ferpent has been observed to go about for a long time with the horns of a ftag sticking out from its mouth : as the animal digests, the horus putrefy and fall off. After this çerpent has swal'owed a stag or 3 tiger, it is unable for some days to move ; the hunters, who are well acquainted with this circumstance, always take this opportunity of defioying it. When irritated it makes a loud hitling noise. It is said to cover itself sier with leaves in such places as stags or other animals frequent, in order to conceal itself from their light, and that it may the more easily lay hold of them.

N. B. The figur: girer in the annexed platí, by mistake of the engruten, is improperly called The Black Snake.

BLACK SNAKE

TWO-HEADED SNAKE. This has in general been considered as a monstrous produ&ion; but Mr. Morse fays, he is disposed to believe that it is a distinct fpecies ; he obferves that he has seen one, and received accounts of three others, found in different parts of the United States : one of these was about eight inches long, and both heads, as to every outward appearance, were equally perfect, and branching out froin the neck at an acute angle,

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