Liberia Volume 2

Liberia Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...justify the name of "twoheaded " snakes by which Americo-Liberians know them. The eyes are very minute and scarcely functional. The mouth is small, and these snakes live on insects and small worms. The Python family is represented by two species--Calabaria and 'Python. Calabaria is an inconspicuous snake of somewhat dull coloration, about four feet long, with a relatively small head. It is sometimes styled the West African boa, but it is not nearer to the boas than to the other members of the same group (Eryx, Boa, Python, etc.). The name, therefore, is somewhat misleading. There is a veritable boa in Madagascar, a most remarkable fact in African zoography, because the chief home of the boas is South America; there is also, I believe, a form of boa in the Malay Archipelago, so that it is not absolutely necessary to account for the broken distribution of the Boin by the Eocene bridge connecting West Africa with Brazil. No doubt this former equatorial land belt between South America and Africa is the real explanation of the boas found in Madagascar and Eastern Asia, the intervening types in West and Central Africa having died out. Or the reverse is possible--that the boas may be specialised pythons, which originated in Africa and spread thence to Madagascar and Eastern Asia on the one hand, and South America on the other. The Python (Python sebe) attains to enormous size in this country. Specimens sent from Liberia to European museums have measured twenty feet; it is recorded in the annals of the Liberian colony that the founder of the republic, Ashmun, killed a python near Monrovia which measured thirty feet. Stories of other pythons of this length are told and repeated from time to time. As elsewhere in Africa, although more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236792912
  • 9781236792914