The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2 Page: 87 of 268
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toises, whose eggs served to season our
sauces. The land tortoises differ from those
of the sea, as being smaller, round, and their
shell more beautiful. They hide themselves
in holes they find or make in the earth. It
was in looking for these tortoises that one
of our surgeons thrust his arm into a hole,
and was bit by some venomous creature,
which we supposed to be a sort of toad, having
four feet, the top of his back sharp and
very hard, with a little tail. Whether it
was this creature or a snake, his arm swelled
very much; however, he was cured by such
applications as were made use of, but it cost
him a finger which was cut off.
Among the venomous sorts of snakes, as
vipers, asps and others, whereof there are
many, those called rattlesnakes are the most
common. They generally lie among the
brambles, where they make a noise by the
motion of two scales they have at the end
of their tail, which is heard at a considerable
distance, and therefore they are called rattlesnakes.
Some of our men had eaten of
them and found their flesh was not amiss,
and when we had killed any of them our
swine made a good meal.
There are also many alligators in the rivers,
some of them of a frightful magnitude
and bulk. I killed one that was betweeN
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Cox, Isaac Joslin. The Journeys of Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, Volume 2, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6103/m1/87/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .