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or chrome-yellow margins. The tail with 8 or 9 complete rings of similar colour, without the margins. Beneath : throat and belly whitisli yellow, or pale brownish, cach scale minutely dotted with brown. Pupil vertical, dentilated ; iris golden, finely vermiculated with Van Dyke brown.
Length of the head,
Entire length, 10 inches.
Its habits offer nothing peculiar : it bites fiercely in defence. In captivity it refuses insects. The integuments, when about being renewed, are piecemeal torn off by the teeth, and devoured. A single egg deposited was of a spherical form, about half an inch in diameter, of a whitish yellow colour. M. M. Duméril and Bibron assign Bengal as the Habitat of this species. The specimen originally described by Mr. Gray, some in the Museum of the Asiatic Society, and a number in my own collection, all are from the hills of Prince of Wales Island (Pulo
Pinang,) but no authenticated record exists of this species ever having been observed in Bengal. Another, widely different species of Gymnodactylus inhabits Bengal, as yet not published, and only known from three specimens, preserved in spirits in the Museum of the Asiatic Society, where they are marked Gymnodactylus lunatus, Blyth. One of these came from Midnapore, the others from Chyebassa. The species somewhat approaches to G. fasciatus, Dum. and Bibr. (Cubina fasciata, Gray.) The Museum possesses another nondescript species from Almorah, Gymnodactylus nebulosus, Blyth, MSS. allied to G. marmoratus, (Gray).
The plate of Cyrtodactylus pulchellus in Gray's Illustrations of Indian Zoology is not taken from life, and gives a most inadequate idea of the physiognomy and beauty of the living animal. This should be observed, as M. M. Duméril and Bibron praise the figure, which evidently has served as original of their own description, and of copies introduced in illustrative works upon that order of animals. FAM. VARANIDÆ, Bonaparte, (PLATYNOTES, Dum. and Bibr.)
Gen. VARANUS,-Merrem. Scales set side by side, surrounded by an annular series of very minute tubercles ; tail above more or less trenchant ; on the throat a fold in front of the chest.
Varani aquatici,-Dum. and Bibr.
VARANUS NEBULOSUS,— Duméril and Bibron.
Monitor nebulosus, Gray.
Caranus nebulosus, apud Gray : Catal. Muzzle very elongated ; nostrils obliquely cleft, situated half-ways between the muzzle and the anterior angle of the eye; lips each with 50 scales; teeth compressed with sharp but not dentilated edges.
Young.-Above. Ground-colourdeep chocolate brown; the head largely marbled with greenish yellow ; neck with indistinct obliquely converging gamboge lines; back, sides and limbs with gamboge spots, consisting of one to five scales, (those of the upper margins of the fingers forming continued lines ;) sides of the anterior half of the tail, similarly coloured; the double row of scales covering the back of the tail gamboge;
the posterior half deep chocolate with two distant, (the second subterminal,) indistinct gamboge coloured rings.
Beneath. Ground-colour pale chocolate. Chin, throat, chest and forelimbs transversely undulated with greenish yellow ; abdomen with short, interrupted, transversal yellow bands, consisting of from 4 to 12 scales ; hind-limbs with larger similar spots; anterior half of the tail indistinctly marbled with yellowish green ; posterior half like the upper surface. Pupil round; iris narrow golden.
Adult.-Above brownish olive with yellow dots; anterior half of
Java, Siam, Bengal.
Entire length, 16 inches,
VARANUS FLAVESCENS, (Gray).
Monitor hardwickii, Gray, MSS.
Empagusia flavescens, Gray : Catal.
Above. Ground-colour light green-olive with numerous distant,
Length of the head,
0 feet 3 inch. Ditto ditto trunk,
1 05 Ditto ditto tail,...
VARANUS SALVATOR. (Laurenti).
Lacerta mexicana, Seba.
Beyáwak” of the Malays of the Peninsula.
Head very elongated; nostrils oval, nearly transversal, close to the muzzle ; a series of supraorbital scales, larger than the rest; teeth with dentilated edges ; toes very long. Above. Ground colour dark brown or black ; a band on the side of the neck from the shoulder to the eye, 5 to 7 distant, transversal series of separate rings, between which numerous spots or interrupted transversal lines, all yellow or yellowish white; the outside of the limbs and the tail spotted, the latter indistinctly banded with yellow. Beneath yellow, the throat with indistinct transversal black bands and minute spots; the sides of the body and limbs in some individuals with large blackish dentilations. HABIT.-Malayan Peninsula, Pinang.
Philippine and Molucca Islands, Amboina, Java, Bengal. This species is very numerous both in hilly and marshy localities. It is commonly during the day observed in the branches of trees overhanging rivers, preying upon birds and their eggs, and smaller lizards, and when disturbed, it throws itself from a considerable height into the water. When attacked on level ground, it attempts its escape by running, if possible towards the water. Its quickness however is not so great as to prevent a man from overtaking it, when it will courageously defend itself with teeth and claws and by strokes of the tail. The
lowest casts of Hindoos capture these lizards commonly by digging them
0 feet 44 inch.
1 34 Ditto ditto tail,
Entire length, 4 feet 41 inch.
FAM. IGUANIDÆ, Gray, (EUNOTES, Duméril and Bibron )
GEN. CALOTES, Cuvier.
SUB.-GEN. BRONCHOCELA, Kaup. Scales of the trunk in oblique series, inclined backwards, their points directed downwards. Posterior part of the sides of the head not swollen.
BRONCHOCELA CRISTATELLA, (Kuhl.)
Agama cristatella, Kuhl.
Grúning” of the Malays of the Peninsula.