Punch,  63 (1872), 51.

Sagacity of the Snake



News-Commentary, Drollery


Animal Behaviour, Zoological Gardens

    Discusses a report in The Times of a boa-constrictor that 'moped, slept, and refused to be comforted' after its owners departed, but excitedly greeted them on their return. Suggests that future issues of the The Times might include advertisements for lost snakes, and that these animals might fulfil the role of dogs, as they could be burglar deterrents and companions.

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