Scripture Natural History; Containing about Two Hundred and Forty Different Subjects. Illustrated by Splendid Engravings Volume 2

Scripture Natural History; Containing about Two Hundred and Forty Different Subjects. Illustrated by Splendid Engravings Volume 2

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...These shall be unclean unto you, the lizard, the snail, and the mole." The name Lizard, or Lacerta, is given to a numerous genus of the amphibious class, and of the order of reptiles. The species of this genus are not only numerous, but very diversified. While their shape is remarkably alike, their size is still more remarkably different. One species only a few inches in length, which you can easily carry in your hand, and another species, like the crocodile or alligator, from twenty to thirty feet in length. One species formed to feed on flies and little insects, and another, with its devouring, jaws, able to destroy and eat a human being. The Lacerta Alligator so greatly resembles the crocodile, that many naturalists have considered them as only a variety of the same species. There are, however, marks of difference, which plainly show they are two distinct species of the same great genus. As for instance, the head of the alligator is smooth on the upper part, while that of the crocodile is marked with strong rugosities and hard bony scales. The snout of the alligator is considerably flatter and wider, and more rounded-at the extremity than that of the crocodile. Alligators are found in North Carolina, in the river Nevis, about thirty-three degrees of north latitude, and which corresponds to the northernmost parts of Africa, where these huge and frightful amphibious reptiles are found to prevail. They not only frequent salt rivers near the sea, but streams of fresh water in the upper parts of the country and in lakes of salt and fresh water, on the banks of which they lie lurking among the lofty reed3, to surprise cattle and other animals which may come within their reach. How dreadful it is when the monstrous enemy, lying in ambush, bursts...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585321
  • 9781236585325