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TUBERO in his Histories has recorded 1 that in the first Punic war the consul Atilius Regulus, when encamped at the Bagradas river in Africa, 2 fought a stubborn and fierce battle with a single serpent of extraordinary size, which had its lair in that region; that in a mighty struggle with the entire army the reptile was attacked for a long time with hurling engines and catapults; and that when it was finally killed, its skin, a hundred and twenty feet long, was sent to Rome.

1 Fr. 8, Peter2.

2 In 256 B.C.

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