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: ...relationship to the vipers, as there is no well-marked "neck " or expansion of the jaws to enhance the separation of head and throat. This viper has only the poison fangs in the front of the upper jaw, and no other teeth behind, but it still retains a separate row of small teeth on the palate. It has a longer tail than the true vipers, and, as already mentioned, lays eggs, and does not bring forth its young alive. Causus rhombeatus is very common in Liberia, just as it is throughout Africa south of the Sahara. It is a small, slender viper, with the head distinctly marked off from the neck. The Causus viper is only about two feet in length, but very venomous and dangerous from its insignificant appearance and size. It is olive-brown in colour with V-shaped brown marks along the back, and a reversed V or arrow mark on the top of the flat head. Atheris chlorechis is a tree-dwelling viper of no great size, perhaps at most two feet in length. It is remarkable in the I first place for its long and prehensile tale. Very few vipers are tree-haunting snakes, most of them being confined to the ground in their habits, and in consequence the tail is never very long, and does not seem to be prehensile. But in Atheris both body and tail are long and lithe in comparison with what characterises the true vipers. Moreover, Atheris in its bright green colouring differs from the brown, yellow, grey, and reddish black of the terrestrial vipers. The emerald-green of this snake (in A. chlorechis') is dotted here and there with small dark blue spots. The head is heart-shaped, and set on a rather slender neck. The scales on the head and especially on the (Tr co-viper) (Gaboon puff-didrr) /lien uasi cr (a cobral throat under the lower jaw have...
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814525
  • 9781236814524