15 March 2015

Antigonus 67–77: Bony hearts and moving horns

67(73) The genitals of the weasel [gale] are bony.

68(74) The male has more teeth than the female in both man [anthropos] and the other animals.

69(75) The heart of the horse [hippos] is bony, as is that of some cattle [bous].

70(76) Of deer [elaphos], the so-called achaïnai seem to have gall in the tail.

71(77) Fish [ichthys] do not have a windpipe: because of this, the stomach of larger fish falls forward into their mouths when they chase smaller ones.

72(78)[1] Snakes [ophis] have thirty ribs. [2] And if one pricks their eyes out, they grow back again, just like those of the swallow [chelidon].

Hmmm ... someone's counting isn't all that it might be ...

73(79) Of the fish, the parrot-wrasse [skaros] is the only one which ruminates.

74(80) The bones of the lion [leon] are so hard that when they are struck frequently they light fire.

75(81) In Phrygia there are cattle which can move their horns.

76(82) Those creatures that have feet and are viviparous have hair, those that have feet and are oviparous, scales.

77(83) In some cases, when they are sick they become grey, but when healthy grow black again.

Cross-references: available

© R. Hardiman 2015

Image Credits
Skeleton of a snake at the Natural History Museum, via Wikimedia Commons

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