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Plate Number: II 56

Anguis Capite Viperino: The Hog-nose Snake

Hog-nose Snake Plate Number: II 56

These Snakes are seldom much larger than the Figure, short bodyed, and very large towards the Head, with Cheeks swelling out like those of Vipers, the Nose turning up like that of a Hog, his whole Visage being very ugly: I suspected he was of the venomous Tribe, till searching in his Mouth for the hollow Viper's Fangs, I could discover only small Teeth, yet being a small one, they might not yet appear. It having so much of the Characteristick of Vipers, besides its slow Motion and Sluggishness, that I can't help suspecting him to be a Viper. The Crown of the Head and Back of this Serpent was brown, with many large black Spots, regularly placed; the hindmost Part of the Body having transverse yellow Bars between the black Spots: The Belly dusky white, with smaller black Spots.

Lilium, sive Martagon Canadense, flore luteo punctato

A Martagon being so singular in its Structure, and so well known, I shall only mention wherein these differ and excel in beauty all the other Kinds hitherto known.

This Plate exhibits the Flowers of two Kinds, because I conceive their Difference being little, may be expressed in few Words, without giving an unnecessary Plate. This Plant has its Flowers growing alternately, on long Footstalks, of an orange and Lemmon Colour, thick spotted with dark Brown. The largest Flower is from another Kind of Martagon. The Flowers of this have their Pedicles arising all together from the top of the Stalk; the Flowers are much larger, as are its scaly Roots, and the usual Height of the Plant is six Feet. This elegant and stately Martagon was introduced into England from Pensilvania by my Friend Mr. Peter Collinson, in whose curious Garden it flow'red in Perfection, after the Manner described.

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