The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London Volume 5

The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... temper was in general good: but when provoked it exhibited much ferocity. I kept this animal for about three months; he died from the damp weather in the monsoon at Bombay. Hyenas, jackals, monkeys, and other animals, which are common to the shores of either continent, are unknown here; we do not even find the antelope, a circumstance the more singular, as they abound in the islands off the Arabian coast. Dogs are also unknown, and one we had on board was frequently mistaken by the natives for a pig. I saw but one snake during my stay on the island, and the head of that was too much bruised for me to ascertain if it was poisonous, but the natives assured me that it was. From them I also learned that after the rains a great many make their appearance, and some marvellous stories were told me respecting their size and fierceness. On the low land we found an astonishing number of scorpions, centipedes, and a large and venomous description of spider called nargub by the Arabs--the bite of which creates alarming inflammation, and even with young children death. In some parts of the island, on the plains, it was a chance, if a stone was turned over, but that one or more of these insects would be found underneath. Locusts have been rarely seen in Socotra. Ants are very numerous, and the bite of one kind is scarcely less painful than the sting of a wasp. Near the dukkun inclosures field-mice are often observed: and oil the hills rats and other vermin are common. The cameleon is a native of the island: the natives frequently. i 1, J'.. l;l! T'.; ' II ill... J.J.' (JT.J T l J l_ brought them to me for sale, and, some were larger than 1 had before seen. ' The. only birds ve saw we. re crpyysj.wild ducks, a species of water fowl iyilh fed legs ( and dark...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236667875
  • 9781236667878