Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Truth About the Speckled Band
by Laurence M. Klauber

Nice reprint from a 1948 issue of The Baker Street Journal,
found in, of all places, the San Diego Natural History Museum website.

"That the causative agent in the deaths of Julia Stoner and Dr. Roylott could have been no "adder" is immediately apparent to anyone having even the most superficial knowledge of ophiology. It has been carelessly suggested that the reptile was the common Indian snake variously known as Russell's viper, tic-polonga, or daboia (Vipera russelli russelli).[8] Nothing could be more incredible. The daboia is a bulky, lethargic snake growing to a length of 5½ feet."

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