Text-Book of Zoology

Text-Book 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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...prey as has been captured while leaping and running, the lizard can only kill and crush with (a) Its small teeth, which are placed in the jaws and palate (not lodged in sockets), and directed backwards (see snakes). (b) The gape of the month is wide, as the prey has to be swallowed whole and unmasticated. F. Reproduction. The female in June lays from five to ten white eggs (about the size of sparrows' eggs) in the sands or between stones. They are hatched by the heat of the sun's rays, and the young emerge mostly in August. For hibernation, see p. 230. Other Lizard Species. The Common or Viviparous Lizard (L. vivipara) is slightly smaller than the sand lizard. These two species never occur in the same localities, since the last-named species pursues and consumes the young of the common lizard wherever it can obtain them. Consequently the latter retires to places where it is beyond the reach of its inveterate foe--to mountains, woods, moors, and in general more elevated and moister localities. The ground colour of this species is a more or less deep brown with darkish stripes and lighter coloured dots extending along the back and the sides of the body. It obtains its name vivipara from the fact that the young leave the eggs before they are laid. The beautiful Green Lizard (L. viridis) is a native of the countries of the Mediterranean, but is also found in the warmer parts of Germany (e.g., in the valleys of the Danube and Rhine). In Southern countries it attains to a length of as much as 17 inches. The Wall Lizard (L. muralis), an equally pretty but much smaller animal (length up to 9 inches), has the same range as the green lizard. Sunny walls and cliffs are its favourite resorts. In the warm sun it glides about with incomparable speed and...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624181
  • 9781236624185