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floor, of which the coriander is one, the snake soon comes forth, when one of the colleagues watching his opportunity, scizes the delighted reptile by the tail, and rapidly slipping the other hand up to its neck holds it firm, while the musician, having thrown aside his pipe, and taken a pair of pliers, soon robs the snake of its fangs, and their concomitant venom.—Thus the formidable covra cafiella becomes an innocent instrument of display at the command of his dexterous captor. Very large snakes are taken by means of nets and bags. “Ichneumons are very numerous throughout India. They are the natural enemies of the serpent race, searching them out, and attacking them without fear of their bulk or venom. They are the quickest of all quadrupeds in their motions, and, by their perseverance and activity, so worry a snake, that in the end they find an opportunity to seize on the back of the head, where, in spite of the writhings of the agonized animal, they keep a firm hold, and to a certainty prove victorious. They are, however, sometimes bitten. On such occasions they hunt about the common grass, and there find some antidote, of which having eaten, and rubbed themselves by rolling on the spot, they return to the charge, never failing to scent the snake’s course perfectly correct. It is a thousand pities that the antidote resorted to by the ichneumon has never been ascertained. “Even crows and starlings will attack small snakes, and hover over
them in flights. The larger birds, such as the cyrus, argeelah $. adjutant) &c. are particularly fond of killing them, as are peacocks. They dance round the snake, which rears to defend itself, and keeping it in a perpetual state of alarm, weary it out; or if there be other birds at hand, they watch their opportunity to catch hold near the throat, and giving it a hearty shake, speedily sicken and kill it. They then very deliberately take the reptile by the tail, and swallow it whole, not, however, without much competition among the fraternity, of which each individual perhaps gets the snake half way down his long throat, when another, making a snap at the pendant remainder, pulls it forth, and flying off, drops it as he proceeds through the air, followed by his disappointed kindred.
“Snakes swallow animals which often are more than five or six times as thick as themselves. Thus it is common to see one not more than an inch in diameter, with a large rat or frog in its maw, appearing like a great swelling. The skeleton of an adjeghur, which was discovered near Chittagong, is, I believe, yet to be seen: it measured upwards of twenty-five feet in length. The skeleton of an antelope was found in its throat.—There was every reason to believe that the snake was in the act of swallowing the antelope, whose horns, though compressed by the snake's jaws and gullet, yet forced their way through before they passed among the ribs, and prevented digestion.”
To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine.
SIR,--The ancients were of opinion, that crows, having once paired, and had young, are faithful to one another; and that, on the death of the one, the other generally lives a solitary life, and not unfrequently dies of vexation. Can any of your intelligent readers say how far this is a fact? I have the best reason
to conclude that geese, having once paired, if left to themselves, continue faithful to one another; a kind of new courtship each spring commencing between the same pair: and that a gander, still alive, his mate, having died twenty years ago, still lives a solitary life. JAMES HALL.
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