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The Asp, p.309.

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   WHOSE name is so intimately connected with the memory of the Queen of Egypt, and her spontaneous and melancholy death, is found in Africa; its bite always occasions a speedy but gentle death. This animal is from three to six feet in length; it has two teeth longer than the rest through which the venom flows. The body is covered with small round scales, but the difficulty of procuring a sight of this animal is so great that it is almost impossible to give an exact description of its colour and habits. 

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