Rudiments of Zoology

Rudiments of Zoology

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...of a serrated ridge, is a most powerful weapon of defence or attack. Like the vulture, the crocodile usually feeds upon the decayed carcasses Crocodile. that may come in its way; and it is thus of considerable service in those hot countries of which it is an inhabitant. But when it kills for itself, it frequently secretes the body of its prey in some hole at the edge of the water, where it is suffered to putrefy, after which it is swallowed without being masticated. The eggs, which are about the size of those of a goose, are deposited in the sand, and hatched by the heat of the sun. The females guard their young for the first three or four months of their existence, during which time they are in considerable danger of being devoured by the males, as well as by the ichneumon, and other animals. There is only one genus of this family, Crocodilus, containing three species--1. The time Crocodile, which abounds in the Nile; 2. The and South America; and 3. The Gavial, which inhabits India and the islands of the Eastern Archipelago. The Malays consider the hunting-of these animals excellent sport. Large parties, armed with pikes, pursue them in the marshes, and kill vast numbers of them. Alligator. Alligator, found iu the large rivers and swamps of North 297. Family Lacertidce (Lizards) have the body elongated, and in general appearance resemble the crocodile, though in point of size they bear no comparison to it. They are characterised by long slender tongues. Cuvier divides them into two genera--the Crocodile Lizards, and the True Lizards. 298. The Crocodile Lizards (Hydrosauria) derive their familiar name from their large size--some of them measuring upwards of six feet in length--and from having a crest of spines, similar to that of the crocodiles, more

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  • English
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