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μετὰ δὲ τὸν Ἀρσινοΐτην καὶ τὸν Ἡρακλεωτικὸν νομὸν Ἡρακλέους πόλις, ἐν ἰχνεύμων τιμᾶται ὑπεναντίως τοῖς Ἀρσινοΐταις: οἱ μὲν γὰρ τοὺς κροκοδείλους τιμῶσι, καὶ διὰ τοῦτο τε διῶρυξ αὐτῶν ἐστι μεστὴ τῶν κροκοδείλων καὶ τοῦ Μοίριδος λίμνη: [p. 1133] σέβονται γὰρ καὶ ἀπέχονται αὐτῶν: οἱ δὲ τοὺς ἰχνεύμονας τοὺς ὀλεθριωτάτους τοῖς κροκοδείλοις, καθάπερ καὶ ταῖς ἀσπίσι: καὶ γὰρ τὰ ὠὰ διαφθείρουσιν αὐτῶν καὶ αὐτὰ τὰ θηρία, τῷ πηλῷ θωρακισθέντες: κυλισθέντες γὰρ ἐν αὐτῷ ξηραίνονται πρὸς τὸν ἥλιον, εἶτα τὰς ἀσπίδας μὲν τῆς κεφαλῆς τῆς οὐρᾶς λαβόμενοι κατασπῶσιν εἰς τὸν ποταμὸν καὶ διαφθείρουσι: τοὺς δὲ κροκοδείλους ἐνεδρεύσαντες, ἡνίκ᾽ ἂν ἡλιάζωνται κεχηνότες, ἐμπίπτουσιν εἰς τὰ χάσματα καὶ διαφαγόντες τὰ σπλάγχνα καὶ τὰς γαστέρας ἐκδύνουσιν ἐκ νεκρῶν τῶν σωμάτων.

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