Animal Locomotion; Or Walking, Swimming, and Flying: With a Dissertation on Aëronautics

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D. Appleton, 1888 - 264 páginas
 

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Página 33 - It is true that the serpent has no limbs, yet it can outclimb the monkey, outswim the fish, outleap the jerboa, and, suddenly loosing the close coils of its crouching spiral, it can spring into the air and seize the bird upon the wing: all these creatures have been observed to fall its prey. The serpent has neither hands nor talons, yet it can outwrestle the athlete and crush the tiger in the embrace of its ponderous overlapping folds.

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