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CHAP. 31. (26.)—THE STELLIO.

The stellio1 has in some measure the same nature as the chameleon, as it lives upon nothing but dew, and such spiders2 as it may happen to find.

1 The stellio of the Romans is the " ascalabos" or "ascalabotes" of the Greeks, the lizard into which Ascalabus was changed by Ceres: see Ovid, Met. B. v. 1. 450, et seq. Pliny also mentions this in B. xxix. c. 4, though he speaks of some difference in their appearance. It is a species of gecko, the tarentola of Italy, the tarente of Provence, and the geckotta, probably, of Lacepède. The gecko, Cuvier says, is not venomous; but it causes small blisters to rise on the skin when it walks over it, the result, probably, of the extreme sharpness of its nails.

2 See c. 28 of this Book, and B. viii. c. 95; B. xxx. c. 27.

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