Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Russell in Russell's Viper

Wood engraving of a Russell's Viper.
The Royal Natural History by Richard Lydekker and Illustrated by W Kuhnert, F Specht, P J Smit, G Mutzel, A T Elwes, J Wolf, Gambier Bolton, and many others.  Published 1893,1894, 1895, & 1896

One more chip for my jigsaw puzzle. Dr. Patrick Russell, after whom the deadly snake, Russell's Viper is named, worked as a naturalist in Vizagapatam around 1781 and did most of his reptilian research in the hills of the Coromandel coast. He was also a physician and icthyologist -- a general man of science in short.