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It is said, that the lizard, the greatest enemy of all to the snail, never prolongs its life beyond six months. The lizards of Arabia are a cubit in length,2 while those upon Nysa,3 a mountain of India, are twenty-four feet long, their colour being either yellow, purple, or azure blue.

1 This account appears to be principally from Aristotle, Hist Anim. B. v. c. 29.—B.

2 According to Cuvier, Ajasson, vol. vi. p. 458, and Lemaire, vol. iii. p. 475, the species of lizard named monitor, frequently exceeds this size; but he remarks, in reference to the size of the Indian lizard, that none of the saurians, except the crocodile, attains the length here mentioned.—B.

3 See B. vi. c. 23.

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