Animals: Zoo Stories

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"The largest poisonous serpent of the American tropics, the king of vipers, growing to twelve feet, clad in scales as rough as a wood rasp, the pinkish brown body with wide, velvety-black cross-bands precisely spaced. . . . The upper jaws carry enormous poison fangs, teeth like heavy, hypodermic needles, over an inch long." Thus the bushmaster is described by Raymond Lee Ditmars, famed reptile man of the New York Zoological Park ("Bronx Zoo"). Every summer for three years Dr. Ditmars has gone...

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