The Great Mountains And Forests Of South America

Paperback | July 9, 2012

byPaul Fountain

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...poisons) if swallowed by any animal, but injected into the blood it produced exactly the same symptoms, followed by death, as it does when it flows direct from the fangs of the living animal, and that more than a year after its extraction from the poison gland. Ultimately it stank fearfully, but this in no wise weakened its virulence. The poisons of many other snakes were obtained at various times and in various places, including those of the rattlesnake and the whip-snake. These poisons, though deadly enough, do not corrupt the blood like that of the bushmaster, and they all seemed to be of the same nature--that is, a light oily fluid which would float r readily on the surface of other fluids. All kept well for a lengthened period, and never lost any of their original deadly power. Some that was preserved in alcohol was as efficacious ten years after as at the moment of extraction from the animal's glands. With the exception of that of the bushmaster, only one of these venoms had any odour or taste. That of a kind of coral snake had a slight musky smell and taste. Arrows of the blow-pipe were dipped in all these venoms and shot at various animals and birds. If the. poison was moist at the time of shooting, it was in every case fatal; but if it had been suffered to dry on the arrow it was useless, and had no effect on the animal. Mixed with the wourali composition I had made, it had just the effect of the genuine wourali--another remarkable fact, and one that speaks for itself. But what is still more remarkable is that when birds or animals were injected with snake-venom they usually ran or flew a short distance before standing still and becoming comatose; but when poisoned with the wourali mixture they were generally immediately paralysed. I...

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...poisons) if swallowed by any animal, but injected into the blood it produced exactly the same symptoms, followed by dea...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:July 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217387012

ISBN - 13:9780217387019

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