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Mature Notes

SNAKES AND THEIR FEET

Mr A. C. Eeslie, of Corona, X.S.W. ontributes the following note to the Melbourne Leader ;—• "About two weeks ago a statement appeared in your ‘Answers to Correspondents ’ column to the effect that ‘ snakes have not got feet, runimentary or otherwise.’ It should have been added that the writer of that statement had never seen feet on a snake. Certainly the assertion is bold—especially to one who has seen, and therefore knows that snakes (at least some) have got feet. Some years ago 1 killed a snake which measured sft. Sin., and a friend of mine who was close, by said to me, ‘ Have you ever seen snakes’ feet or legs ?’ I ridiculed his query, as perhaps everyone would to-day, and challenged him to show that snakes had legs. What he did is simple, and convinced me of a fact which is seemingly so little known to- cl ay, viz, : ‘ that snakes have legs.’ My friend placed the snake on a fire for a few minutes, and afterwards, by means of a stick, turned back the scaly ridges along the lower part of the belly, when two feet, well-defined and distinct, were revealed. They resembled more than anything the feet of a mouse. If the feet are not used at all by the snake they are at least, rudimentary,"

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Mature Notes, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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Mature Notes Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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