CHAP. 25.—REMEDIES FOR COLD SHIVERINGS.
A remedy for cold shiverings, according to Nicander, is a
or its skin only, attached to the body: in
addition to which, he informs us that if one of these reptiles
is attached to a tree that is being felled, the persons hewing
it will never feel cold, and will fell it all the more easily. For
so it is, that this is the only one among all the serpents that
faces the cold, making its appearance the first of all, and even
before the cuckoo's note is heard. There is another marvellous
fact also mentioned, with reference to the cuckoo: if, upon the
spot where a person hears this bird for the first time, he traces
round the space occupied by his right foot and then digs
up the earth, it will effectually prevent fleas from breeding,
wherever it is thrown.