The Living Animals of the World

The Living Animals of the World

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... CATCHING A BUTTERFLY The inflated extremity of the tongue is highly glutinous venture to approach it. A number of other lizards, including tree-climbing varieties, were introduced to the company of the examples under observation, and until friendly acquaintanceship had been established their advances towards the chamseleons were always repelled. The majority of the chamaeleons lay eggs, but a smaller number produce living young, as with skinks and other lizards. Examples of the common European and North African species kept by the writer excavated holes r-in the earth, in which they laid their eggs, and then carefully covered them up again. _ Unfortunately these eggs were not fertilised. One South African species has been reported to the writer as being in the habit of placing and separately wrapping and fastening up each egg as deposited in the leaves of the tree in which it resided. While Africa and Madagascar represent the head centres of distribution of the fifty odd known species of chamaeleons, they enter Europe through the Spanish Peninsula, and extend eastward to Arabia, India, and Ceylon. The largest known variety, which inhabits Madagascar, attains a length of 15 inches; the smallest pygmy chamaeleon of the Cape scarcely measures 2 inches. Phut h W. Sa-.tllt-Ktns, F.Z.S. _Mllford-on-Sm THE TUATERA OF NEW ZEALAND Belongs to an ancient reptile race of whtch it is the only living The Tuatera That singular reptile found on certain small islands lying to the north-east of New Zealand, and known as the Tuatera, differs in so many structural characters from all other lizards that it is assigned to a separate order. Externally the tuatera does not differ materially in form from an ordinary lizard. The skin, however, is peculiar for its...show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572947
  • 9781236572943